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moot

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noun \ˈmüt\

Definition of moot

  1. 1 :  a deliberative assembly primarily for the administration of justice; especially :  one held by the freemen of an Anglo-Saxon community

  2. 2 obsolete :  argument, discussion



Origin of moot

Middle English, from Old English mōt, gemōt; akin to Middle High German muoze meeting


First Known Use: before 12th century


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moot

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verb \ˈmüt\

Simple Definition of moot

  • : to introduce (an idea, subject, etc.) for discussion

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of moot

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to discuss from a legal standpoint :  argue

  3. 2 a :  to bring up for discussion :  broach b :  debate

Examples of moot in a sentence

  1. And it was they, not the British, who slapped down any suggestion of democratic reform when it was quietly mooted by British colonial officers in the 1950s. —Ian Buruma, New Republic, 24 Sept. 2001

  2. … he looked for an easy way out. A spot in the stateside Guard would have suited him fine; in the event, he dodged and weaved until a low draft number came along to moot his problem. —Hendrik Hertzberg, New Yorker, 16 & 23 Oct. 2000

  3. And then the word comes of Ted's inoperable pancreatic cancer, and death moots the long conflict. —Richard Rhodes, New York Times Book Review, 24 Dec. 2000

  4. <conservatives had shouted down the proposal when it was first mooted>

  5. <the issue of whether a person's nature or upbringing is more important continues to be mooted by experts and laymen alike>



Origin of moot

(see 1moot)


First Known Use: 15th century


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moot

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adjective \ˈmüt\

Simple Definition of moot

  • : not certain : argued about but not possible for people to prove

  • : not worth talking about : no longer important or worth discussing

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of moot

  1. 1 a :  open to question :  debatable b :  subjected to discussion :  disputed

  2. 2 :  deprived of practical significance :  made abstract or purely academic

Examples of moot in a sentence

  1. Among the many advantages of legislation requiring a label was that it allowed the industry to insist—in court if necessary—that claims against the companies for negligence and deception were now moot. Every smoker would be repeatedly warned that “smoking may be hazardous to your health.” —Allan M. Brandt, The Cigarette Century, 2007

  2. And the question of delight shouldn't be moot. —Edward Hoagland, Harper's, June 2007

  3. … a genuine Atlantic political culture might be the result—rendering the fears expressed in this article largely moot. —John O'Sullivan, National Review, 6 Dec. 1999

  4. The court ruled that the issue is now moot because the people involved in the dispute have died.

  5. I think they were wrong, but the point is moot. Their decision has been made and it can't be changed now.



Did You Know?

Moot derives from gemōt, an Old English name for a judicial court. Originally, moot named either the court itself or an argument that might be debated by one. By the 16th century, the legal role of judicial moots had diminished, and the only remnant of them were moot courts, academic mock courts in which law students could try hypothetical cases for practice. Back then, moot was used as a synonym of debatable, but because the cases students tried in moot courts were simply academic exercises, the word gained the second sense, "deprived of practical significance." Some commentators still frown on using moot to mean "purely academic," but most editors now accept both senses as standard.

Origin of moot

(see 1moot)


First Known Use: 1563


Law Dictionary

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moot

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transitive verb \ˈmüt\

Legal Definition of moot

  1. :  to make moot <statute of limitations would moot the effort — S. R. Sontag>




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moot

adjective

Legal Definition of moot

  1. :  deprived of practical significance :  made abstract or purely academic <the case became moot when the defendant paid the sum at issue> — see also mootness doctrine — compare justiciable, ripe

mootness \ˈmüt-nəs\ noun


Origin of moot

(of a trial or hearing) hypothetical, staged for practice, from moot hypothetical case for law students, argument, deliberative assembly, from Old English mōt assembly, meeting



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