(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 "˜represented' 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.
(third-person singular simple present moots, present participle mooting, simple past and past participle mooted)
- To bring up as a subject for debate, to propose.
- To discuss or debate.
- (US) To make or declare irrelevant.
- To argue or plead in a supposed case.
From Middle English moot, mot, Èemot, from Old English mÅt, gemÅt (“moot, society, assembly, meeting, court, council, synod"), from Proto-Germanic *mÅtÄ… (“encounter, meeting, assembly"), from Proto-Indo-European *mÅd-, *mÄd- (“to encounter, come"). Cognate with Scots mut, mote (“meeting, assembly"), Low German mote (“meeting"), Danish mÃ¸de (“meeting"), Swedish mÃ¶te (“meeting"), Icelandic mÃ³t (“meeting, tournament, meet"). Related to meet.