Definition of clear-cut in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌklirˈkət/


1Sharply defined; easy to perceive or understand: we now had a clear-cut objective
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  • The technique allowed easy and clear-cut distinction between empty and full vessels.
  • This analysis suggests that, from a practical point of view, it is not easy to draw a clear-cut distinction between a collecting bank and a discounting bank.
  • It also stresses the need to define clear-cut borders to maintain a democratic society and promote other worthy social goals.
definite, distinct, clear, well defined, precise, specific, explicit, unambiguous, unequivocal, black and white, cut and dried
2(Of an area) from which every tree has been cut down and removed.
Example sentences
  • Instead of the gorgeous scenic vistas of the Cascade Mountains favored by many artists at the time, he painted scarred clear-cut areas, the loggers' aftermath.
  • The trees were planted from propagules, in April 1994, in an overexploited clear-cut area.
  • This summer, people will be taking steps to prevent the clear-cut areas from being sprayed to kill off hardwood growth.


[with object]
Cut down and remove every tree from (an area): colonizers who clear-cut large jungle tracts
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  • Indeed, some of them were whoppers like claiming areas had been clear-felled when they hadn't and putting misleading captions on photographs.
  • Our choice was simply between wringing our hands against all logging or offering plantation thinning as a positive alternative to clear-cutting the old stuff.
  • It had been clear-felled some eighty years ago which meant that the trees were of a fairly uniform size.

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Syllabification: clear-cut

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