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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.

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The averaged amounts of down-wood in cut areas along streams (patch-cut portion and no-buffer clear-cut treatments) were 2.6 to 5.7 times greater than in the pretreatment year (Table 3).
"Clear-Cut Benefits" is the kind of short-sighted analysis that will eventually prove detrimental for long-term hunting as well as the fate of our planet.
"We didn't play nearly as well as we can today, but we created enough clear-cut chances to have won two games, let alone one," said Roeder.
* People can support this campaign by pressuring their local retailers to stop selling products obtained from clear-cut forests.
"On another day the four clear-cut chances would have brought us the three points ( but unfortunately we failed to take those opportunities we had worked so hard to create."
ULSTER Secretary Peter Hain is set to declare that the loyalist ceasefire is over Hain said it was "absolutely clear-cut" following the weekend riots that the socalled truce was a farce.
Like a sharp knife, which slices clean and straight, we make clear-cut decisions, but our rationale is often skewed, like a dull knife which can only hack and tear.
It was a warm day and I was sitting in my tree stand that I had placed by a clear-cut that overlooked blackberries and an old apple orchard.
Even though readers know from the very first pages that Allison is murdered that adds suspense and enjoyment to this exciting thriller because although it looks like everyone's motive are clear-cut, as the story progresses readers will see that things are not as they appear.
The distinction, while hardly clear-cut, is useful.