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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 losses are a bitter pill, but the Reds have cleared the decks and are now moving forward with purpose and vision -- and the club's money men should soon have reasons to be cheerful!
Andy Melville has cleared the decks for the next generation of Welsh defenders by announcing his international retirement after 65 caps.
Moyes has cleared the decks by releasing a dozen players already and that will possibly loosen the purse strings for some signings or loan deals.
Friday's announcement by Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt, which came with the caveat that Morrison would have to sell 53 Safeway stores, cleared the decks for a new bid from the Bradford retailer.