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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One, such as a person or a combat vehicle, that takes part in armed strife.
  • adj. Engaging in armed strife.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An armed fighter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Contending; disposed to contend.
  • n. One who engages in combat. IN military use, opposed to noncombatant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Contending; disposed to combat or contend.
  • In heraldry, same as affronté, but applied only to ferocious creatures, such as lions.
  • n. A person who combats; one who engages in battle; one who fights, whether in single combat or in an army or a fleet.
  • n. A person who contends with another in argument or controversy.
  • n. A name of the ruff, Machetes pugnax. See ruff.
  • n. In heraldry, a figure drawn like a sword-player standing upon his guard.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. engaging in or ready for combat
  • n. someone who fights (or is fighting)

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Examples

  • Designation as an enemy combatant is a classic example.

    Balkinization

  • Being treated as a combatant is a far less offense.

    Sound Politics: Goldy Confesses...

  • But the questions of categorization posed by Guantánamo -- including the question of who may be treated as the legal equivalent of a "combatant" -- will retain their significance long after the doors to that facility are shuttered.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • I've had to recall a combatant commander to Washington for a verbal reprimand for speaking out inappropriately on a sensitive foreign-policy issue.

    Pentagon Issues Guidelines On Media Relations, SecDef Gates: 'The Press Is Not The Enemy'

  • Tony Snow rose above such vituperation as a happy political combatant, which is one reason so many who knew him or watched him in action are now mourning his death from cancer on Saturday at age 53.

    Absence of Malice

  • The Bush administration set up secret military review panels, known as combatant status review tribunals, to review detainee cases and decide whether they really were enemy combatants.

    High Court Rebuffs

  • VIEW FAVORITES yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'My Lai to Haditha: Lessons from the Law of War'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'If these killings were not justified by the exigencies of war, they fall outside the scope of what is known as combatant immunity.

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: My Lai to Haditha: Lessons from the Law of War

  • If these killings were not justified by the exigencies of war, they fall outside the scope of what is known as combatant immunity.

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: My Lai to Haditha: Lessons from the Law of War

  • He has far fewer rights as an enemy combatant, which is what the attorney general has said that the president has determined he is.

    CNN Transcript Jun 10, 2002

  • Now what happens is -- when an aircraft goes off course, the FAA, as a matter of normal behavior, calls our combatant commander -- our Synch as we say -- at NORAD, which is the North American Defense Zone, and says, "There's a plane that's off pattern."

    CNN Transcript Sep 16, 2001

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