moot

Definition of moot

Pronunciation: mōt
v.1.See 1st Mot.
n.1.(Shipbuilding) A ring for gauging wooden pins.
v. t.1.To argue for and against; to debate; to discuss; to propose for discussion.
[imp. & p. p. Mooted ; p. pr. & vb. n. Mooting.]
A problem which hardly has been mentioned, much less mooted, in this country.
- Sir W. Hamilton.
2.Specifically: To discuss by way of exercise; to argue for practice; to propound and discuss in a mock court.
First a case is appointed to be mooted by certain young men, containing some doubtful controversy.
- Sir T. Elyot.
3.To render inconsequential, as having no effect on the practical outcome; to render academic; as, the ruling that the law was invalid mooted the question of whether he actually violated it.
v. i.1.To argue or plead in a supposed case.
There is a difference between mooting and pleading; between fencing and fighting.
- B. Jonson.
n.1.A meeting for discussion and deliberation; esp., a meeting of the people of a village or district, in Anglo-Saxon times, for the discussion and settlement of matters of common interest; - usually in composition; as, folk-moot.
2.A discussion or debate; especially, a discussion of fictitious causes by way of practice.
The pleading used in courts and chancery called moots.
- Sir T. Elyot.
Moot case
a case or question to be mooted; a disputable case; an unsettled question.
Moot court
a mock court, such as is held by students of law for practicing the conduct of law cases.
- Dryden.
Moot point
a point or question to be debated; a doubtful question.
to make moot
to render moot{2}; to moot{3}.
a.1.Subject, or open, to argument or discussion; undecided; debatable; mooted.
2.Of purely theoretical or academic interest; having no practical consequence; as, the team won in spite of the bad call, and whether the ruling was correct is a moot question.

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