verb (used with object)
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Origin of moot1
SYNONYMS FOR moot
historical usage of moot
In 16th-century England, a moot was “a hypothetical case or point for law students to practice on.” This is where we get the terms moot point and moot court. Moot later developed the sense “open to discussion, debatable, doubtful,” and finally “impossible to be settled.” In American legal usage in the first half of the 19th century, moot developed an additional sense “having no effect, purely academic, abstract” (now used only outside legal contexts), but American usage also retained the original sense “remaining open for debate or consideration,” leaving the meaning of moot point in conversation up for grabs: Is it a debatable point, or irrelevant?
OTHER WORDS FROM mootmooter, nounmootness, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH mootmoot , mute.
Words nearby moot
Definition for moot (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
Origin of moot2
Example sentences from the Web for moot
But the positives are moot if people fail to recognize the problem of eWaste and to realize they can do their part to reduce it.ecoATM offers consumers a new way to sell used cell phones and electronic devices|Sarah Langs|September 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The question of whether the story is fit for publication is now moot.
If Gov. Dave Heineman wants the job, I suspect he'll win the primary in a landslide, making this post a moot point.
Which is why the third of the Journal editorial's three key paragraphs is moot.
If true, the need for gender testing may be moot soon enough.Caster Semenya And The IOC’s Olympics Gender Bender|Jesse Ellison|July 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Whether the Regent of Sweden intends to make himself king is a moot point.
It is a moot point whether the town was ever a settlement of the Romans, no traces of such occupation having ever been discovered.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Norwich|C. H. B. Quennell
Just what made this well was a moot question in the country.Tales from the X-bar Horse Camp|Will C. Barnes
At least from the 10th century the burh had a “moot” or court, the relation of which to the other courts is matter of speculation.
Whether Ferdinand was justified in doing this was long a moot point.The Thirty Years' War|Samuel Rawson Gardiner