Definition of clear-cut in English:



  • 1Sharply defined; easy to perceive or understand.

    ‘we now had a clear-cut objective’
    • ‘This clear-cut distinction was upset in the 1960s and 70s by the discovery of unusual medium-sized theropod dinosaurs such as Deinonychus.’
    • ‘There are no clear-cut rules for deciding what's fair use and there are no ‘automatic’ classes of fair uses.’
    • ‘There are two quite obvious and clear-cut sides to this issue.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At least there the answers were clear-cut and relatively easy to find.’
    • ‘It also stresses the need to define clear-cut borders to maintain a democratic society and promote other worthy social goals.’
    • ‘This is one of the reasons why it is difficult to draw a clear-cut distinction between political, economic, and social processes.’
    • ‘And you know, you have to understand it's a very clear-cut thing.’
    • ‘In practice, even in multi-business enterprises the distinction between corporate and business strategies is less clear-cut than the theoretical definitions would suggest.’
    • ‘The advantages are more clear-cut and definite.’
    • ‘In the classical perspective, there was a clear-cut distinction between what was considered to be simple and what had to be considered as complex.’
    • ‘First, models in molecular genetics are still inadequate for defining clear-cut molecular disease entities.’
    • ‘To be fair to users, finding ways of exploiting those existing resources has been no easy task as no clear-cut technological solution to the problem has existed until now.’
    • ‘My understanding now is that the situation was not so clear-cut.’
    • ‘Or rather it makes clear-cut distinctions between speaker and listener less tenable, since call-and-response forms are community acts.’
    • ‘The technique allowed easy and clear-cut distinction between empty and full vessels.’
    • ‘When you think of older films, you tend to think of a gentler, more naïve time in cinema, with clear-cut moral distinctions and with heroes and villains who keep to their respective shades of white and black.’
    • ‘In light of this, it seems difficult to define clear-cut rules for when data should be combined and when they should not.’
    • ‘There must be a clear-cut definition of the authority of the transition committee.’
    • ‘I'm often struck by how real-life medicine rarely resembles the straightforward diagnoses and clear-cut choices found in textbooks.’
    definite, distinct, clear, well defined, sharply defined, precise, specific, explicit, unambiguous, black and white, hard and fast
    unequivocal, straightforward
    striking, obvious
    marked, decided
    sharp, crisp, stark
    cut and dried
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  • 2(of an area) from which every tree has been cut down and removed.

    • ‘The hunting party had only been walking for a few hundred meters when he stopped at the edge of a clear-cut swath about five hundred meter wide.’
    • ‘Today, this ancient technique, along with clear-cut logging, is rapidly depleting the great rain forests that span the equator and help regulate the world's weather.’
    • ‘You start in deep forest and quickly come out into clear-cut.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another depicts a woman lying in a clear-cut field.’
    • ‘I once tried to protect the Mt. Graham red squirrel's habitat from a clear-cut on Forest Service land.’
    • ‘Several stands adjacent to those fragments had been harvested by clear-cut logging one to two years prior to this study.’
    • ‘The road runs down hushed aisles of lofty Douglas fir, hemlock and Sitka spruce, and passes through deadened stretches of clear-cut forest, forlorn and empty.’
    • ‘As such, it has been saved from the clear-cut logging that has razed forests.’
    • ‘In 1982, a debris torrent poured off a clear-cut, carrying huge trees from the downstream, uncut forest.’
    • ‘The living oceans are becoming as vacant as a clear-cut forest.’
    • ‘One of them had noticed the paint smear on his way back from an earlier, unsuccessful protest at a clear-cut site.’


  • Cut down and remove every tree from (an area)

    ‘colonizers who clear-cut large jungle tracts’
    • ‘They prefer unaltered forest, and populations generally decline after forests have been clear-cut.’
    • ‘The international loggers have correctly perceived that, once they have paid for the lease, their interests are best served by clear-cutting the rainforest on their leased land.’
    • ‘Erected to keep the company from clear-cutting their land, the barricade is reportedly the longest-running in Canadian history.’
    • ‘It had been clear-felled some eighty years ago which meant that the trees were of a fairly uniform size.’
    • ‘When Northwest coniferous forests are clear-cut, hardwoods are often the first trees to grow in their place.’
    • ‘Bog forests were essentially clear-cut and a large portion of the nutrient base supporting these forests was probably removed with the timber.’
    • ‘In western Washington, they are usually in areas that have been clear-cut, burned, or otherwise disturbed.’
    • ‘Who would want to go out and clear-fell it and convert it to pasture when the standing timber is the value?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, much of the world's coffee is grown on large plantations that have been clear-cut out of the jungle.’
    • ‘Multinational forest companies continue to regularly clear-cut old-growth forests, and biodiversity is rapidly waning.’
    • ‘The roadless rule was designed to stop the timber giants from clear-cutting these precious natural resources.’
    • ‘It has no policy on replanting forests that are being intensively clear-cut.’
    • ‘In order to salvage the wood, huge tracts of upland forest were clear-cut.’
    • ‘Vast tracts of this rich forest are now marked as timber coupes to be clear-felled.’
    • ‘So, even if we have not yet reached the point of clear-cutting the last proud acre of old-growth randomness, maybe it's not too early to consider the question of long-term supply.’
    • ‘Those who profit from clear-cutting hillsides contribute to the floods that sweep away the homes and crops of those living below.’
    • ‘First, the forest is clear-cut and burnt, and the soil tilled and treated with large quantities of lime to correct its natural acidity.’
    • ‘One participant talked of how it takes a multi-national forestry company five seconds to cut a tree by today's standard clear-cutting methods.’
    • ‘Indeed, some of them were whoppers like claiming areas had been clear-felled when they hadn't and putting misleading captions on photographs.’