Definition of clear-cut in English:

clear-cut

adjective

  • 1Sharply defined; easy to perceive or understand.

    ‘we now had a clear-cut objective’
    • ‘This is one of the reasons why it is difficult to draw a clear-cut distinction between political, economic, and social processes.’
    • ‘This clear-cut distinction was upset in the 1960s and 70s by the discovery of unusual medium-sized theropod dinosaurs such as Deinonychus.’
    • ‘My understanding now is that the situation was not so clear-cut.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are two quite obvious and clear-cut sides to this issue.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Or rather it makes clear-cut distinctions between speaker and listener less tenable, since call-and-response forms are community acts.’
    • ‘There are no clear-cut rules for deciding what's fair use and there are no ‘automatic’ classes of fair uses.’
    • ‘In practice, even in multi-business enterprises the distinction between corporate and business strategies is less clear-cut than the theoretical definitions would suggest.’
    • ‘And you know, you have to understand it's a very clear-cut thing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At least there the answers were clear-cut and relatively easy to find.’
    • ‘First, models in molecular genetics are still inadequate for defining clear-cut molecular disease entities.’
    • ‘In light of this, it seems difficult to define clear-cut rules for when data should be combined and when they should not.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The advantages are more clear-cut and definite.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The technique allowed easy and clear-cut distinction between empty and full vessels.’
    • ‘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, sharply defined, precise, specific, explicit, unambiguous, black and white, hard and fast
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  • 2(of an area) from which every tree has been cut down and removed.

    • ‘The trees were planted from propagules, in April 1994, in an overexploited clear-cut area.’
    • ‘You start in deep forest and quickly come out into clear-cut.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I once tried to protect the Mt. Graham red squirrel's habitat from a clear-cut on Forest Service land.’
    • ‘This summer, people will be taking steps to prevent the clear-cut areas from being sprayed to kill off hardwood growth.’
    • ‘The living oceans are becoming as vacant as a clear-cut forest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1982, a debris torrent poured off a clear-cut, carrying huge trees from the downstream, uncut forest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another depicts a woman lying in a clear-cut field.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of them had noticed the paint smear on his way back from an earlier, unsuccessful protest at a clear-cut site.’
    • ‘As such, it has been saved from the clear-cut logging that has razed forests.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Cut down and remove every tree from (an area)

    ‘colonizers who clear-cut large jungle tracts’
    • ‘Multinational forest companies continue to regularly clear-cut old-growth forests, and biodiversity is rapidly waning.’
    • ‘They prefer unaltered forest, and populations generally decline after forests have been clear-cut.’
    • ‘Erected to keep the company from clear-cutting their land, the barricade is reportedly the longest-running in Canadian history.’
    • ‘However, much of the world's coffee is grown on large plantations that have been clear-cut out of the jungle.’
    • ‘Vast tracts of this rich forest are now marked as timber coupes to be clear-felled.’
    • ‘Those who profit from clear-cutting hillsides contribute to the floods that sweep away the homes and crops of those living below.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In order to salvage the wood, huge tracts of upland forest were clear-cut.’
    • ‘First, the forest is clear-cut and burnt, and the soil tilled and treated with large quantities of lime to correct its natural acidity.’
    • ‘Who would want to go out and clear-fell it and convert it to pasture when the standing timber is the value?’
    • ‘Indeed, some of them were whoppers like claiming areas had been clear-felled when they hadn't and putting misleading captions on photographs.’
    • ‘When Northwest coniferous forests are clear-cut, hardwoods are often the first trees to grow in their place.’
    • ‘It has no policy on replanting forests that are being intensively clear-cut.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bog forests were essentially clear-cut and a large portion of the nutrient base supporting these forests was probably removed with the timber.’
    • ‘The roadless rule was designed to stop the timber giants from clear-cutting these precious natural resources.’
    • ‘It had been clear-felled some eighty years ago which meant that the trees were of a fairly uniform size.’
    • ‘In western Washington, they are usually in areas that have been clear-cut, burned, or otherwise disturbed.’

Pronunciation

clear-cut

/ˌklɪrˈkət//ˌklirˈkət/