Definition of moot in English:


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Pronunciation: /muːt


  • 2North American Having 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.


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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.


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.


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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