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clear-cut

adjective \ ˈklir-ˈkət \
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of clear-cut

1 : sharply outlined : distinct
2 : free from ambiguity or uncertainty : unambiguous
  • a clear-cut decision

First Known Use of clear-cut

1849

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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clear-cut

noun \ ˈklir-ˌkət \

Definition of clear-cut

: an area of forest in which all the trees have been cut down
  • But the logging has been concentrated in the high-volume old-growth forest, and clear-cuts are spread over almost every one of the region's watersheds.
  • —Catherine Caufield
also : clear-cutting

First Known Use of clear-cut

circa 1958

in the meaning defined above

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clear-cut

verb \ ˈklir-ˌkət \

Definition of clear-cut

clear-cut; clear-cutting
: to cut down all the trees in (an area of forest)
  • He says there has been a massive deforestation as the Chinese have clear-cut millions of acres of Tibetan Forests to sell lumber on the export market …
  • —Daniel Goleman
  • … native rain forest experts who harvest plants for traditional healers, make from two to 10 times per hectare the income of a farmer who clear-cuts the forest for planting crops.
  • —Cathy Sears and Robert Neuwirth

First Known Use of clear-cut

1914

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CLEAR-CUT Defined for English Language Learners

clear-cut

Definition of clear-cut for English Language Learners

  • : very obvious and sharp : free from doubt or uncertainty : very definite


clear-cut

Definition of clear-cut for English Language Learners

  • : an area of land in which all the trees have been cut down


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