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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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His call for a quick deal has fuelled speculation that he is clearing the decks for a snap October election.
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.
"This is not clearing the decks. It's more like abandoning ship."
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.