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moot

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noun \ ˈmüt \

Definition of moot

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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Origin and Etymology of moot

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


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moot

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verb \ ˈmüt \

Definition of moot

transitive verb
1 archaic :to discuss from a legal standpoint :argue
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 BurumaNew Republic24 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 HertzbergNew Yorker16 & 23 Oct. 2000
  3. And then the word comes of Ted's inoperable pancreatic cancer, and death moots the long conflict. —Richard RhodesNew York Times Book Review24 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

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Origin and Etymology of moot

see 1moot

moot Synonyms

Synonyms
bring up, broach, introduce, place, raise
Related Words
allude (to), cite, mention, name, refer (to); offer, propose, suggest; air, express, speak (of), talk (about), vent, ventilate; interject, interrupt; debate, discuss, thrash (out or over)
Near Antonyms
censor, hush (up), quiet, silence, suppress

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moot

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adjective \ ˈmüt \

Definition of moot

1 a :open to question :debatable
b :subjected to discussion :disputed
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. BrandtThe Cigarette Century2007
  2. And the question of delight shouldn't be moot. —Edward HoaglandHarper'sJune 2007
  3. … a genuine Atlantic political culture might be the result—rendering the fears expressed in this article largely moot. —John O'SullivanNational Review6 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.

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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 and Etymology of moot

see 1moot


MOOT Defined for English Language Learners

moot

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verb

Definition of moot for English Language Learners

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


moot

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adjective

Definition of moot for English Language Learners

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

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


Law Dictionary

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moot

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transitive verb \ ˈmüt \

legal Definition of moot

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

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moot

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legal Definition of moot

: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 and Etymology 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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