- The definition of moot is a subject that is not worthy of discussion because it has been resolved.
An example of moot is whether or not to allow prayer in public school.
- Moot is defined as to bring something up to discuss or debate.
An example of moot is a motion being proposed in a debate class.
- an early English assembly of freemen to administer justice, decide community problems, etc.
- a discussion or argument, esp. of a hypothetical law case, as in a law school
Origin of mootMiddle English mote ; from Old English mot, gemot, a meeting and amp; probably Old Norse mot ; from Germanic base an unverified form mot- from source Gothic gamotjan, to meet
- subject to or open for discussion or debate; debatable
- not worthy of consideration or discussion because it has been resolved or no longer needs to be resolved
- to debate or discuss
- to propose or bring up for discussion or debate
- to make so hypothetical as to deprive of significance; make academic or theoretical
- a. Subject to debate; arguable or unsettled: “It is a moot point whether Napoleon Bonaparte was born a subject of the King of France” (Norman Davies).b. Of no practical importance; irrelevant: “[He] was appearing as a goodwill gesture, since the competition was moot for him; he had long ago qualified for inclusion in the games” (Mark Levine).
- Law a. Not presenting an open legal question, as a result of the occurrence of some event definitively resolving the issue, or the absence of a genuine case or controversy.b. Of no legal significance; hypothetical.
transitive verbmoot·ed, moot·ing, moots
- a. To bring up (a subject) for discussion or debate. See Synonyms at broach1.b. To discuss or debate: “The notion of eliminating the corporate income tax has been mooted in tax circles for years” (Francis X. Clines).
- To render (a subject or issue) irrelevant: “The F.C.C.'s ability to regulate the broadcast media rested on the finite nature of the spectrum, and that has been mooted by the infinity of cable” (William Safire).
- Law a. To argue (a case) in a moot court.b. To render (a legal issue or question) irrelevant.
- Law a. The discussion or argument of a hypothetical case by law students as an exercise.b. A hypothetical case used for such a discussion or argument.
- An ancient English meeting, especially a representative meeting of the freemen of a shire.
Origin of mootMiddle English, meeting, from Old English mōt, gemōt.
(comparative more moot, superlative most moot)
- 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, Chapter 32:
- [T]he uncertain, unsettled condition of this science of Cetology is in the very vestibule attested by the fact, that in some quarters it still remains a moot point whether a whale be a fish.
- 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 477:
- The extent to which these Parisian radicals â€˜representedâ€™ the French people as a whole was very moot.
- (North America, chiefly law) Being an exercise of thought; academic.
- Walter Crane and Lewis F. Day (1903) Moot Points: Friendly Disputes on Art and Industry Between Walter Crane and Lewis F. Day
- (North America) Having no practical impact or relevance.
- That point may make for a good discussion, but it is moot.
- A moot court.
- A system of arbitration in many areas of Africa in which the primary goal is to settle a dispute and reintegrate adversaries into society rather than assess penalties.
- (Scouting) A gathering of Rovers (18â€“26 year-old Scouts), usually in the form of a camp lasting 2 weeks.
- (paganism) A social gathering of pagans, normally held in a public house.
- (historical) An assembly (usually for decision making in a locality). [from the 12th c.]
- (shipbuilding) A ring for gauging wooden pins.
(third-person singular simple present moots, present participle mooting, simple past and past participle mooted)
From Middle English moot, mot, Èemot, from Old English mÅt, gemÅt (â€œmoot, society, assembly, meeting, court, council, synodâ€), from Proto-Germanic *mÅtÄ… (â€œencounter, meeting, assemblyâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *mÅd-, *mÄd- (â€œto encounter, comeâ€). Cognate with Scots mut, mote (â€œmeeting, assemblyâ€), Low German mote (â€œmeetingâ€), Danish mÃ¸de (â€œmeetingâ€), Swedish mÃ¶te (â€œmeetingâ€), Icelandic mÃ³t (â€œmeeting, tournament, meetâ€). Related to meet.
- (Australia) Vagina.
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