- open to discussion or debate; debatable; doubtful: Whether that was the cause of their troubles is a moot point.
- of little or no practical value, meaning, or relevance; purely academic: In practical terms, the issue of her application is moot because the deadline has passed.
- Chiefly Law. not actual; theoretical; hypothetical.
- to present or introduce (any point, subject, project, etc.) for discussion.
- to reduce or remove the practical significance of; make purely theoretical or academic.
- Archaic. to argue (a case), especially in a mock court.
- an assembly of the people in early England exercising political, administrative, and judicial powers.
- an argument or discussion, especially of a hypothetical legal case.
- Obsolete. a debate, argument, or discussion.
Origin of moot1
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- a ring gauge for checking the diameters of treenails.
- to bring (a treenail) to the proper diameter with a moot.
Origin of moot2
Examples from the Web for mooted
When driverless cars were first mooted about in the wonkosphere, I was skeptical.Are Driverless Cars Really in Our Near Future?
January 24, 2013
We know that she was less than enthusiastic when the idea of his visit was first mooted.Burma’s Half-Made Revolution
November 19, 2012
Indeed, clear frontrunner Christine Lagarde is the only woman even mooted to join the race for the fund's top job.Christine Lagarde: Can a Woman Save the IMF?
June 1, 2011
Perhaps TV really does validate one's existence—as Warhol mooted.Is Dr. Drew a Phony?
December 17, 2009
What our relation to that reputation was to be, we could see was a mooted question with them.War from the Inside
Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
The binding of pamphlets is a mooted point in all libraries.A Book for All Readers
Ainsworth Rand Spofford
But behold, before they receive that assurance, some alterations are mooted.The Story of My Life
This is about all, except the mooted question of the broken sword.The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Two
This spring a plan was mooted that almost rendered Hanny speechless.A Little Girl of Long Ago
Amanda Millie Douglas
- subject or open to debatea moot point
- (tr) to suggest or bring up for debate
- (intr) to plead or argue theoretical or hypothetical cases, as an academic exercise or as vocational training for law students
- a discussion or debate of a hypothetical case or point, held as an academic activity
- (in Anglo-Saxon England) an assembly, mainly in a shire or hundred, dealing with local legal and administrative affairs
Word Origin and History for mooted
"assembly of freemen," mid-12c., from Old English gemot "meeting" (especially of freemen, to discuss community affairs or mete justice), "society, assembly, council," from Proto-Germanic *ga-motan (cf. Old Low Frankish muot "encounter," Middle Dutch moet, Middle High German muoz), from collective prefix *ga- + *motan (see meet (v.)).
"debatable; not worth considering" from moot case, earlier simply moot (n.) "discussion of a hypothetical law case" (1530s), in law student jargon. The reference is to students gathering to test their skills in mock cases.
"to debate," Old English motian "to meet, talk, discuss," from mot (see moot (n.)). Related: Mooted; mooting.