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Origin of 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?
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How to use moot in a sentence
Plus, if Democrats win the Senate runoff races in Georgia, they’ll control all levers of government in Washington — and most, if not all, of these fights will become moot in two months.Are we at risk of a Christmas government shutdown?|Amber Phillips|December 2, 2020|Washington Post
And, of course, they render moot the temptation to cheat, reducing the incidence of unethical behavior.An argument for giving kids open-book tests during the pandemic (and after)|Valerie Strauss|November 30, 2020|Washington Post
Lawyers for the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and other groups say the state settlement doesn’t moot their suit, and they urged a federal judge not to grant Bluestone’s request to throw out the case.This Billionaire Governor’s Coal Company Might Get a Big Break From His Own Regulators|by Ken Ward Jr.|September 17, 2020|ProPublica
The appellate court’s move made moot the companies’ promises to pack up and leave the state if forced to comply.Sacramento Report: San Diego Bills Survive Bad Day for Housing Proposals|Andrew Keatts and Sara Libby|August 21, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Equally the perennial question of, “Where should the product team sit” becomes moot, which could encourage more cross-team collaboration.The closure of newsrooms is a symbolic end of a publishing era|Lara O'Reilly|August 18, 2020|Digiday
At the end of the day, those debates were basically moot because Maliki made it impossible.Hillary Clinton Pushed Obama to Keep Troops in Iraq|Josh Rogin|June 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If the answer is “no,” the question of whether the tactics are successful becomes moot.Never Forget? The CIA Report and the Problem With Hindsight|Philip Mudd|March 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
After a long talk during which we fixed up a good many moot points, went on to see General d'Amade.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
Besides drawing up the treaty of peace, the Congress of Paris settled various moot points in international law.A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year|Edwin Emerson
The only moot point seemed to be whether he intended to slay the whole mob or be selective and cut down only important members."And That's How It Was, Officer"|Ralph Sholto
The effect of periods of depression, such as 1903 and 1908, upon the proportion of low-grade tonnage is a moot point.Railroads: Rates and Regulations|William Z. Ripley
If we relied only on the rude representations painted on the vases, the question might be a moot one.Ancient and Modern Ships.|George C. V. Holmes