Definition of moot in English:

moot

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Pronunciation: /muːt
 
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adjective

1Subject to debate, dispute, or uncertainty: whether the temperature rise was mainly due to the greenhouse effect was a moot point
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  • The motion explained that the company and the union had already reached an agreement on the retiree health benefit issue that made the previous dispute a moot point.
  • How much the appeal of this movie derives from its subject and how much from Spacey is a moot point, I suppose.
  • Which of the two camps was having a better time may be a moot point, but there can be no dispute as to which was living most successfully in the here and now.
Synonyms
debatable, open to debate, open to discussion, arguable, questionable, at issue, open to question, open, doubtful, open to doubt, disputable, contestable, controvertible, problematic, problematical, controversial, contentious, vexed, disputed, unresolved, unsettled, up in the air, undecided, yet to be decided, undetermined, unconcluded
2Having little or no practical relevance: the whole matter is becoming increasingly moot
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  • At some point, this whole debate may be rendered moot.
  • But the time may be fast approaching when this debate becomes moot.
  • If a foetus is not human, then it is not protected under the law and the entire abortion debate is moot.

verb

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Raise (a question or topic) for discussion; suggest (an idea or possibility): the scheme was first mooted last October
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  • One possibility, which has increasingly been mooted, is the idea of a Universal Court for Human Rights.
  • When Richard first mooted the idea of his book to his brother two years ago, David advised him on the business end of publishing.
  • It was he who first mooted the idea of a reunion seven years ago.
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noun

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1 historical An assembly held for debate, especially in Anglo-Saxon and medieval times.
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  • Even if, as some have supposed, the manor court, or hall moot, had Anglo-Saxon forebears, it was an institution that must have changed out of all recognition after 1100.
  • After the mid-16th century Reformation, when religious guilds were dissolved, it was used as a market cross and as a moot hall.
  • Joseph Gerrald, after all, had proposed the Convention, likening it to the folk moot of Saxon England.
1.1A regular gathering of people having a common interest.
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  • I heard the pagans hang out there for moots.
  • Get to know as many people in the Pagan community as you can by going to moots, meetings, camps, festivals and so on.
  • Basically they are people who follow the path on their own without the need for moots or covens.
2 Law A mock judicial proceeding set up to examine a hypothetical case as an academic exercise: the object of a moot is to provide practice in developing an argument
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  • The last time I was there, nearly a decade ago, I was a law student competing in the Jessup International Law moot.
  • Thanks do not go out to my alarm clocks, which failed to work this morning resulting in my awakening in absolute panic at 2 pm, with only one third of the moot prepared.
  • The moot is tomorrow, my point of law absurdly impossible to argue, and the prospect of sleep tonight absurdly impossible to contemplate.

Origin

Old English mōt 'assembly or meeting' and mōtian 'to converse', of Germanic origin; related to meet1. The adjective (originally an attributive noun use: see moot court) dates from the mid 16th century; the current verb sense dates from the mid 17th century.

Usage

Note that a question subject to debate or dispute is a moot point, not a mute point. As moot is a relatively uncommon word people sometimes interpret it as the more familiar word mute.

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