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[kuh m-bat-nt, kom-buh-tuh nt, kuhm-] /kəmˈbæt nt, ˈkɒm bə tənt, ˈkʌm-/

a nation engaged in active fighting with enemy forces.
a person or group that fights.
; fighting:
the combatant armies.
disposed to ; combative.
/ˈkɒmbətənt; ˈkʌm-/
a person or group engaged in or prepared for a fight, struggle, or dispute
engaged in or ready for combat

mid-15c. (adj.), late 15c. (n.), from Old French combatant (Modern French combattant) “skilled at fighting, warlike” (also used as a noun in Old French), present participle adjective of combattre (see combat (v.)).


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