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.
a section of forest where all trees have been cut down for harvesting.
to fell all the trees in (a section of forest) for harvesting.
- Also clear cut, clear·cut (for defs. 3-5) .
- clear-cutness, noun
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How to use clear-cut in a sentence
This 2-0 was a clear-cut win, a sharp slice through a loaf, no ambiguity, no crumbs.
Today, in the name of progress, we have faceless interstate highways, clear-cut logging, and industrial farming.Rackstraw Downes’s Art and Essays Are Two Sides of the Same Genius | Bill Morris | June 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But for those with complicated financial situations, or even complicated family dynamics, things are not so clear-cut.Are You Legally Responsible for Your Elderly Parents? | Keli Goff | April 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The resistance to Nazism, however, was morally clear-cut in a way that few political questions are.
The polls say more people will blame the Republicans, but they aren't as clear-cut as they ought to be.
The cropped grass shone clear as emerald, and all the garden showed clear-cut and solid and stable in its propriety and order.The Creators | May Sinclair
Honoria Pryse crossed the room in her quick, delicate way; her shrewd, clear-cut face was slightly flushed.The Rake's Progress | Marjorie Bowen
Many of the young dancers were remarkably pretty, all possessing the clear-cut features of their race.Michael Strogoff | Jules Verne
She was a very beautiful woman of about thirty, with a small head and a clear-cut grave face.The Romance of His Life | Mary Cholmondeley
Stephen was not a prig and she recognized the justice of his arguments, but he was rather hard and his views were too clear-cut.The Girl From Keller's | Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for clear-cut
definite; not vague: a clear-cut proposal
(tr) another term for clear-fell
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