The phrase it's self[edit | edit source]
"Hors de combat" means:
- "Out of (the) fight" or "outside the fight"
It is a French term used in diplomacy and international law to refer to persons who are incapable of performing combat. It is a set of criteria that are to be consulted before engaging in a fight or battle during war in order to determine whether entering into war is permissible, that is, whether it is a just war.
The wartime usages of the clause[edit | edit source]
- A person is considered "hors de combat" if:
- He is in the power of an adverse Party;
- He clearly expresses an intention to surrender; or
- He has been rendered unconscious or is otherwise incapacitated by wounds or sickness, and therefore is incapable of defending himself; provided that in any of these cases he abstains from any hostile act and does not attempt to escape.
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