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Clear

Free from doubt, burden, or obstacle; without limitation; plain or unencumbered.

The term is used to mean unambiguous or definitive and has various applications. For example, a clear intent to make a gift means that there is no doubt that the donor had the intent to relinquish all dominion and control over the property.

Clear and convincing proof is evidence that establishes a firm belief in a person's mind that a fact much more likely than not exists.

clear

(Apparent), adjective blunt, clarified, clear-cut, demonstrative, direct, distinct, downright, emphatic, évident, evident, exact, explicit, express, expressive, frank, glaring, graphic, identifiable, in bold relief, in evidence, in strong reeief, intelligible, limpid, manifest, observable, outspoken, overt, patent, pellucid, perceivable, perceptible, perspicuous, plain, prominent, pronounced, pure, salient, self-evident, showing, shown, straightforward, striking, transparent, unambiguous, unblurred, unclouded, uncovered, understood, undisguised, unequivocal, unevasive, visible, vivid, well-defined, well-marked, well-seen
Associated concepts: clear and convincing danger, clear and present danger, clear-cut question of law, clear meaning, clear preponderance, clear proof, clearly ascertainable, last clear chance

clear

(Certain), adjective absolute, actual, ascertained, authoritative, beyond a shadow of a doubt, beyond all dispute, categorical, cogent, conclusive, definite, definitive, doubtless, free from doubt, incontestable, incontrovertible, indefeasible, indisputable, indubitable, irrefragable, irrefutable, positive, questionless, settled without appeal, sure, unassailable, unconfutable, uncontested, uncontroversial, undeniable, undisputed, undoubted, unequivocal, unerring, unhesitating, unimpeachable, unmistakable, unqualified, unquestioned, unrefutable
Associated concepts: clear legal right, clear right, clearly erroneous

clear

(Free from criminal charges), adjective acquitted, at liberty, cleared, condoned, delivered, disburdened, discharged, disculpated, dismissed, excused, exempted, exonerated, forgiven, freed, guiltless, immune, justified, manumitted, nonliable, not guilty, pardoned, purged, released, remitted, reprieved, spared, unburdened, uncensurable, unchastised, unpunished, vindicated

clear

(Unencumbered), adjective disburdened, exempt, free, free from burden, free from ennumbrance, free from hindrance, free from impediment, free from limitation, free from obstruction, not answerable, not responsible, unaccountable, unbound, unbridled, unconstrained, uncurbed, unfettered, unhampered, unhindered, unobstructed, unrestrained, untrammeled
Associated concepts: clear title

clear

verb absolve, acquit, amnesty, deliver, disburden, discharge, disembroil, disencumber, disentangle, dismiss, excuse, exempt, exonerate, explicare, extricate, find not guilty, forgive, free, give a reprieve, give absolution, grant a reprieve, grant amnesty, grant remission, let go, let off, pardon, pronounce not guilty, prove innocent, purge, quash the conviction, release, render free, reprieve, rescue, set at large, set at liberty, set free, shrive, vindicate
Associated concepts: clear and convincing evidence, clear and convincing standard of proof, clear and present danger, clear title, last clear chance doctrine
See also: absolute, absolve, acquit, apparent, arrant, blameless, blatant, certain, clean, cognizable, comment, comprehensible, conclusive, condone, conspicuous, decisive, definite, demonstrable, descriptive, direct, discharge, disencumber, disentangle, displace, earn, eliminate, evident, exculpate, excuse, exonerate, explicit, express, extenuate, extricate, facilitate, flagrant, forgive, forthright, free, gain, immune, inappealable, incontestable, liberate, lucid, manifest, naked, net, obvious, open, orotund, ostensible, overt, palliate, palpable, passable, patent, pay, pellucid, perceivable, perceptible, positive, profit, propitious, pure, purge, quit, realize, reap, release, remit, remove, resounding, salient, satisfy, simple, strong, surmount, unambiguous, unblemished, undeniable, unequivocal, unmistakable, vacant, vindicate, visible
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It will be a seventh final for three times former champions Midlothian, after clearing the decks on all four rinks for an overwhelming 110-51 victory over Auchinleck at Edinburgh.
The good ne ws is that by clearing the decks Royal& Sun will be able to get on with restructuring (and selling) its United States businesses, the growth of which date back a century to the San Francisco earthquake.
After clearing the decks at the end of the campaign, McAllister's rebuilding operation is well under way and the Scot has added Albion Rovers' highly-rated 'keeper Scott Shearer to the roster as well as snapping up Wrexham hot-shot Andy Morrell, the third division's top scorer last term, and 21year-old Graham Barrett from Arsenal.
One wonders whether some information might have been presented in lists or in appendices, clearing the decks for a more readable analysis of the culture.