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moot1

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adjective
  1. open to discussion or debate; debatable; doubtful: Whether that was the cause of their troubles is a moot point.
  2. 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.
  3. Chiefly Law. not actual; theoretical; hypothetical.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to present or introduce (any point, subject, project, etc.) for discussion.
  2. to reduce or remove the practical significance of; make purely theoretical or academic.
  3. Archaic. to argue (a case), especially in a mock court.
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noun
  1. an assembly of the people in early England exercising political, administrative, and judicial powers.
  2. an argument or discussion, especially of a hypothetical legal case.
  3. Obsolete. a debate, argument, or discussion.
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Origin of moot1

before 900; Middle English mot(e) meeting, assembly, Old English gemōt; cognate with Old Norse mōt, Dutch gemoet meeting. See meet1
Related formsmoot·er, nounmoot·ness, noun
Can be confusedmoot mute

Synonyms

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1. disputable, disputed, unsettled. 4. debate, dispute, discuss.

Antonyms

1. indisputable. 4. agree.
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Examples from the Web for mooter

Historical Examples

  • Poliolioli contests that it was the 17th, but this, I venture to say, is even a "mooter" point than the other.

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British Dictionary definitions for mooter

moot

adjective
  1. subject or open to debatea moot point
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verb
  1. (tr) to suggest or bring up for debate
  2. (intr) to plead or argue theoretical or hypothetical cases, as an academic exercise or as vocational training for law students
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noun
  1. a discussion or debate of a hypothetical case or point, held as an academic activity
  2. (in Anglo-Saxon England) an assembly, mainly in a shire or hundred, dealing with local legal and administrative affairs
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Derived Formsmooter, noun

Word Origin

Old English gemōt; compare Old Saxon mōt, Middle High German muoze meeting
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Word Origin and History for mooter

moot

n.

"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.)).

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moot

adj.

"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.

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moot

v.

"to debate," Old English motian "to meet, talk, discuss," from mot (see moot (n.)). Related: Mooted; mooting.

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