- 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
Related Wordsproblematic, unresolved, unsettled, debatable, suspect, open, controversial, disputable, dubious, questionable, uncertain, undecided, contestable
Examples from the Web for moot
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September 1, 2013
The question of whether the story is fit for publication is now moot.Tech Crunch Founder Denies Allegations
April 9, 2013
If Gov. Dave Heineman wants the job, I suspect he'll win the primary in a landslide, making this post a moot point.Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, RINO?
February 20, 2013
Which is why the third of the Journal editorial's three key paragraphs is moot.Rejecting the Journal's Plutocratic Tax Advice
December 10, 2012
If true, the need for gender testing may be moot soon enough.Caster Semenya And The IOC’s Olympics Gender Bender
July 26, 2012
The use of phonetic transcription, however, is a moot question.College Teaching
The etymology of the word koldun is still, I believe, a moot point.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
The actual temperature of the moon's surface by day is a moot point.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)
J. Arthur Thomson
The question of a tonsilectomy had been a moot one for years.Tutors' Lane
Elizabeth Foulkes was the last prisoner tried in the Moot Hall.The King's Daughters
Emily Sarah Holt
- 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 moot
"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.