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.
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.
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?
- mooter, noun
- mootness, noun
- moot , mute
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How to use moot in a sentence
Some of his allies are already arguing the whole thing is moot because he’s already out of office.The Capitol Attack, Impeachment and GameStop Make it Clear: 2021 Is Shaping Up to Be the Year of the Moderator | Alex Fitzpatrick | January 29, 2021 | Time
The combination of coronavirus complications, the administration’s now-moot effort to help states exclude noncitizens from their maps and general incompetence have delayed the expected release of data.The Trailer: Seven questions for the new political year | David Weigel | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
Rodgers sees plays evolve in real time, but it would be rendered moot without a receiver of Adams’s intelligence who recognizes it along with him.All great QBs are linked with great receivers. Aaron Rodgers finally has his match in Davante Adams. | Adam Kilgore | January 15, 2021 | Washington Post
Independent restaurant owners across America have been asked to take on unimaginable financial and health risks to keep their businesses open, and now, eight months into the pandemic, another shutdown could render those months of struggle moot.Restaurants and the People Who Work in Them Need a Bailout. Let’s Finally Give Them One. | Meghan McCarron | November 19, 2020 | Eater
With Mach’s approval moot, the awe he’d felt as a boy returned to him.When Einstein Tilted at Windmills - Issue 93: Forerunners | Amanda Gefter | November 18, 2020 | Nautilus
Republican superstar Paul Ryan is still mooted as potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate.
That ruling is still in effect and still would help Obenshain, but it now seems mooted by the late developments from Richmond.
The emergence of the Responsibility to Protect doctrine has probably mooted Reagan-style inaction.
When driverless cars were first mooted about in the wonkosphere, I was skeptical.
We know that she was less than enthusiastic when the idea of his visit was first mooted.
We find no revival of the idea mooted in 1840 of granting medical relief on loan.English Poor Law Policy | Sidney Webb
He and the trader had taken greatly to each other, and once when he had mooted the idea of leaving the other would not hear of it.Forging the Blades | Bertram Mitford
A remonstrance from London and Westminster mooted a far larger question.History of the English People, Volume VIII (of 8) | John Richard Green
The question of parliamentary reform which had been mooted during the American war had been coming steadily to the front.History of the English People, Volume VIII (of 8) | John Richard Green
And thus, I think, I have contributed to clear up one mooted point in American history.South American Fights and Fighters | Cyrus Townsend Brady
British Dictionary definitions for moot
subject or open to debate: a 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
- mooter, noun
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