- 1Subject to debate, dispute, or uncertainty, and typically not admitting of a final decision: whether the temperature rise was mainly due to the greenhouse effect was a moot pointMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1North American Having no practical significance, typically because the subject is too uncertain to allow a decision: it is moot whether this phrase should be treated as metaphor or notMore example sentences
- 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.
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- Raise (a question or topic) for discussion; suggest (an idea or possibility): Sylvia needed a vacation, and a trip to Ireland had been mootedMore example sentences
- 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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- 1British An assembly held for debate, especially in Anglo-Saxon and medieval times.More example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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 trial set up to examine a hypothetical case as an academic exercise.More example sentences
- 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.
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 mistakenly interpret it as the more familar word mute.