moot

adjective
\ ˈmüt \

Definition of moot 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : open to question : debatable
b : subjected to discussion : disputed
2 : deprived of practical significance : made abstract or purely academic

moot

verb
mooted; mooting; moots

Definition of moot (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to bring up for discussion : broach
b : debate
2 archaic : to discuss from a legal standpoint : argue

moot

noun

Definition of moot (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a deliberative assembly primarily for the administration of justice especially : one held by the freemen of an Anglo-Saxon community
2 obsolete : argument, discussion

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Noun

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.

Examples of moot in a Sentence

Adjective

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 And the question of delight shouldn't be moot. — Edward Hoagland, Harper's, June 2007 … 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 The court ruled that the issue is now moot because the people involved in the dispute have died. I think they were wrong, but the point is moot. Their decision has been made and it can't be changed now.

Verb

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 … 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 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 conservatives had shouted down the proposal when it was first mooted the issue of whether a person's nature or upbringing is more important continues to be mooted by experts and laymen alike
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The appeals court said the issue was moot because the election was over and the ad was no longer airing. Andrew Demillo, The Seattle Times, "Arkansas court dismisses appeal over ad attacking justice," 12 Dec. 2018 Of course, all of these questions are moot if the MyMe doesn’t work as advertised. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "You can buy a wearable camera to track your social life," 12 Dec. 2018 Those worries are a moot point with the Tiwal 3, a crazy-cool sailboat that can fit in the trunk of your car. Madison Flager, House Beautiful, "This Inflatable Sailboat Fits In The Trunk Of Your Car," 30 Oct. 2018 Probably, but Denard Span made it a moot point, following with a single to center. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "James Paxton back to his dominant form, leading Mariners to a 2-0 victory over the Astros," 30 July 2018 Ultimately, with Lagerwey’s team in the midst of a Major League Soccer record 14-2-1 second half turnaround during the voting period to secure a first-round playoff bye, any talk of canning the GM became largely moot. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey prepares for longer offseason after fans sign off on retaining him," 13 Nov. 2018 At the end of May, Gates asked the court to drop the suit after learning that Horgan wouldn’t submit signatures from his gun petition, making the case moot. Priscella Vega, latimes.com, "Huntington Beach man seeks $14,385 in legal fees after city sued over his petition for a local gun ban," 4 July 2018 But, as Luhnow and his front office navigate the open market, taking state of the bullpen's past seems moot. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "GM Jeff Luhnow: Nationals' trade for Kelvin Herrera 'doesn't affect' Astros," 20 June 2018 With that, any immigration compromise House Republicans had planned to vote on becomes almost instantly moot. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Trump just squashed the last, best chance Washington had this year to protect ‘dreamers’," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

If cap and trade isn’t providing a hard cap, a guarantee, its advantages over a tax are mooted. David Roberts, Vox, "California’s cap-and-trade system may be too weak to do its job," 12 Dec. 2018 The higher tariffs being mooted on half, or nearly all, of America’s imports of Chinese goods would cause serious economic pain in both countries. The Economist, "Sino-American interdependence has been a force for geopolitical stability," 23 June 2018 The 23-year-old may be open to the prospect of leaving Spurs for permanent first-team action however, with a €7m valuation being mooted. SI.com, "Fenerbahçe Emerge as Potential Buyers for Forgotten Tottenham Winger Georges-Kevin N'Koudou," 21 June 2018 Despite media shrieks, the proposals mooted in Madison and Lansing don’t repeal democracy. WSJ, "About Those GOP State ‘Coups’," 6 Dec. 2018 With options for the 32-year-old dwindling, a link with a move to MLS was mooted and after weeks and months of speculation, Rooney was finally unveiled on Monday in Washington. SI.com, "Wayne Rooney Shrugs Off Suggestions DC United Move is Career Swansong for Forward," 3 July 2018 The report was published ahead of the UK government’s forthcoming review of national geospatial strategy, which will guide any mooted changes to legislation. James Vincent, The Verge, "Google, Apple, and Uber must share mapping data with rivals, says UK data group," 20 Nov. 2018 Meyer has long been linked with a move to England's top flight, with Spurs a club readily mooted as a possible destination whilst Arsenal had been speculated to have weighed up a deadline day move. SI.com, "Arsenal & Spurs Target Max Meyer Set to Make Decision Over Schalke Future in Matter of Weeks," 1 Feb. 2018 The Court’s decision was moot since most utilities had already decided to close or spend hundreds of millions of dollars to refurbish coal plants to comply. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A New Cost-Benefit Regulation Test," 1 Oct. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'moot.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of moot

Adjective

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for moot

Noun, Adjective, and Verb

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

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moot

verb

English Language Learners Definition of moot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

moot

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of moot (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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

\ ˈmüt \

Legal Definition of moot 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

moot

adjective

Legal Definition of moot (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

Other Words from moot

mootness \ ˈmüt-​nəs \ noun

History and Etymology for moot

Adjective

(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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