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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kleer kuht]
    • /klɪər kʌt/
    • /klɪə(r) kʌt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kleer kuht]
    • /klɪər kʌt/

Definitions of clear-cut word

  • adjective clear-cut Something that is clear-cut is easy to recognize and quite distinct. 3
  • adjective clear-cut definite; not vague 3
  • adjective clear-cut clearly outlined 3
  • adjective clear-cut clearly and sharply outlined 3
  • adjective clear-cut distinct; definite; not doubtful; unambiguous 3
  • adjective clear-cut having all of its trees cut down 3

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Origin of clear-cut

First appearance:

before 1850
One of the 32% newest English words
First recorded in 1850-55

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Parts of speech for Clear-cut


clear-cut popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 42% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 71% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

Synonyms for clear-cut

adj clear-cut

  • unambiguous — not ambiguous, or unclear; distinct; unequivocal: The object of the experiment was to reach an unambiguous conclusion about climate change.
  • precise — definitely or strictly stated, defined, or fixed: precise directions.
  • definitive — Something that is definitive provides a firm conclusion that cannot be questioned.
  • straightforward — going or directed straight ahead: a straightforward gaze.
  • categorical — If you are categorical about something, you state your views very definitely and firmly.

Antonyms for clear-cut

adj clear-cut

  • ambiguous — If you describe something as ambiguous, you mean that it is unclear or confusing because it can be understood in more than one way.
  • inexact — not exact; not strictly precise or accurate.
  • questionable — of doubtful propriety, honesty, morality, respectability, etc.: questionable activities; in questionable taste.
  • vague — not clearly or explicitly stated or expressed: vague promises.
  • indefinite — not definite; without fixed or specified limit; unlimited: an indefinite number.

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