clear-cut

[ kleer-kuht for 1, 2; kleer-kuht for 3-5 ]
/ ˈklɪərˈkʌt for 1, 2; ˈklɪərˌkʌt for 3-5 /

adjective

formed with or having clearly defined outlines: a face with clear-cut features.
unambiguously clear; completely evident; definite: His sale of secrets was a clear-cut example of treachery.
of or relating to a section of forest where all trees have been cut down for harvesting.

noun

a section of forest where all trees have been cut down for harvesting.

verb (used with object), clear-cut, clear-cut·ting.

to fell all the trees in (a section of forest) for harvesting.

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Also clear cut, clear·cut (for defs. 3-5) .

Origin of clear-cut

First recorded in 1850–55

OTHER WORDS FROM clear-cut

clear-cutness, noun

Words nearby clear-cut

Clearchus, clear-cut, clear-eyed
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British Dictionary definitions for clear-cut

clear-cut

adjective (clear cut when postpositive)

definite; not vaguea clear-cut proposal
clearly outlined

verb

(tr) another term for clear-fell
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