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moot

 (mo͞ot)
adj.
1.
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).
2. 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.
tr.v. moot·ed, moot·ing, moots
1.
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).
2. 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).
3. Law
a. To argue (a case) in a moot court.
b. To render (a legal issue or question) irrelevant.
n.
1. 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.
2. An ancient English meeting, especially a representative meeting of the freemen of a shire.

[Middle English, meeting, from Old English mōt, gemōt.]

moot′ness n.
Usage Note: The adjective moot is originally a legal term going back to the 1500s. It derives from the noun moot in its sense of a hypothetical case argued as an exercise by law students. The noun moot in turn goes back to an Old English word meaning "a meeting, especially one convened for legislative or judicial purposes." Consequently, a moot question is one that is arguable or open to debate. But in the mid-1800s, people also began to look at the hypothetical side of moot as its essential meaning, and they started to use the word to mean "of no significance or relevance." Thus a moot point, however debatable, is one that has no practical value. A number of critics have objected to this usage, but in our 2008 survey 83 percent of the Usage Panel accepted it in the sentence The nominee himself chastised the White House for failing to do more to support him, but his concerns became moot when a number of Republicans announced that they, too, would oppose the nomination. This represents a significant increase over the 59 percent that accepted the same sentence in 1988. Writers who use this word should be sure that the context makes clear which sense of moot is meant. It is often easier to use another word, such as debatable or irrelevant.

moot

(muːt)
adj
1. subject or open to debate: a moot point.
2. having no practical relevance
vb
3. (tr) to suggest or bring up for debate
4. (Education) (intr) to plead or argue theoretical or hypothetical cases, as an academic exercise or as vocational training for law students
n
5. (Education) a discussion or debate of a hypothetical case or point, held as an academic activity
6. (Historical Terms) (in Anglo-Saxon England) an assembly, mainly in a shire or hundred, dealing with local legal and administrative affairs
[Old English gemōt; compare Old Saxon mōt, Middle High German muoze meeting]
ˈmooter n

moot

(mut)

adj.
1. open to discussion or debate; debatable; arguable.
2. of little or no practical value or meaning; hypothetical; purely academic.
v.t.
3. to present or introduce for discussion.
4. to reduce or remove the practical significance of; make theoretical or academic.
5. Archaic. to argue (a case), esp. in a mock court.
n.
6. an assembly of the people in early England, exercising political, administrative, and judicial powers.
7. an argument or discussion, esp. of a hypothetical legal case.
[before 900; Middle English mot(e) meeting, assembly, Old English gemōt; akin to meet1]

moot


Past participle: mooted
Gerund: mooting

Imperative
moot
moot
Present
I moot
you moot
he/she/it moots
we moot
you moot
they moot
Preterite
I mooted
you mooted
he/she/it mooted
we mooted
you mooted
they mooted
Present Continuous
I am mooting
you are mooting
he/she/it is mooting
we are mooting
you are mooting
they are mooting
Present Perfect
I have mooted
you have mooted
he/she/it has mooted
we have mooted
you have mooted
they have mooted
Past Continuous
I was mooting
you were mooting
he/she/it was mooting
we were mooting
you were mooting
they were mooting
Past Perfect
I had mooted
you had mooted
he/she/it had mooted
we had mooted
you had mooted
they had mooted
Future
I will moot
you will moot
he/she/it will moot
we will moot
you will moot
they will moot
Future Perfect
I will have mooted
you will have mooted
he/she/it will have mooted
we will have mooted
you will have mooted
they will have mooted
Future Continuous
I will be mooting
you will be mooting
he/she/it will be mooting
we will be mooting
you will be mooting
they will be mooting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been mooting
you have been mooting
he/she/it has been mooting
we have been mooting
you have been mooting
they have been mooting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been mooting
you will have been mooting
he/she/it will have been mooting
we will have been mooting
you will have been mooting
they will have been mooting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been mooting
you had been mooting
he/she/it had been mooting
we had been mooting
you had been mooting
they had been mooting
Conditional
I would moot
you would moot
he/she/it would moot
we would moot
you would moot
they would moot
Past Conditional
I would have mooted
you would have mooted
he/she/it would have mooted
we would have mooted
you would have mooted
they would have mooted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.moot - a hypothetical case that law students argue as an exercise; "he organized the weekly moot"
causa, lawsuit, suit, case, cause - a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy; "the family brought suit against the landlord"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
Verb1.moot - think about carefullymoot - think about carefully; weigh; "They considered the possibility of a strike"; "Turn the proposal over in your mind"
see - deliberate or decide; "See whether you can come tomorrow"; "let's see--which movie should we see tonight?"
premeditate - consider, ponder, or plan (an action) beforehand; "premeditated murder"
debate - argue with one another; "We debated the question of abortion"; "John debated Mary"
wrestle - engage in deep thought, consideration, or debate; "I wrestled with this decision for years"
hash out, talk over, discuss - speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion; "We discussed our household budget"
think twice - consider and reconsider carefully; "Think twice before you have a child"
consider, study - give careful consideration to; "consider the possibility of moving"
Adj.1.moot - of no legal significance (as having been previously decided)
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
irrelevant - having no bearing on or connection with the subject at issue; "an irrelevant comment"; "irrelevant allegations"
2.moot - open to argument or debatemoot - open to argument or debate; "that is a moot question"
controversial - marked by or capable of arousing controversy; "the issue of the death penalty is highly controversial"; "Rushdie's controversial book"; "a controversial decision on affirmative action"

moot

verb
1. bring up, propose, suggest, introduce, put forward, ventilate, broach When the theatre idea was first mooted, I had my doubts.
adjective

moot

verb
1. To put forward (a topic) for discussion:
2. To speak together and exchange ideas and opinions about:
bandy (about), discuss, talk over, thrash out (or over), thresh out (or over), toss around.
Informal: hash (over), kick around, knock about (or around).
Slang: rap.
3. To put forth reasons for or against something, often excitedly:
adjective
Translations

moot

[muːt]
A. ADJ it's a moot point or questiones un punto discutible
B. VT it has been mooted thatse ha sugerido que ...
when the question was first mootedcuando se discutió la cuestión por primera vez
C. N (Hist) → junta f, asamblea f

moot

[ˈmuːt] vt
to be mooted (= suggested) → être évoqué moot pointmoot point npoint m discutable
This is a moot point → C'est un point discutable.
Whether he was serious is a moot point → Qu'il ait été sérieux est un point discutable.

moot

adj a moot point or questioneine fragliche Sache; it’s a moot point or question whether …es ist noch fraglich or die Frage (inf), → ob …
vtaufwerfen; suggestionvorbringen; it has been mooted that …es wurde zur Debatte gestellt, dass …

moot

[muːt]
1. adj it's a moot pointè un punto discutibile or controverso
2. vt it has been mooted whether ...è stata sollevata la questione se...
References in classic literature ?
first: the 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.
It is a moot point whether Tom-all-Alone's be uglier by day or by night, but on the argument that the more that is seen of it the more shocking it must be, and that no part of it left to the imagination is at all likely to be made so bad as the reality, day carries it.
The two prime ministers lived in terror of Bunster, who never discussed any moot subject, but struck out with his fists instead.
This, we may say, is the one moot question that this new-found document clears up.
Whether this young gentleman (for he was but three-and-twenty) combined with the miserly vice of an old man, any of the open- handed vices of a young one, was a moot point; so very honourably did he keep his own counsel.
ISLAMABAD -- Twenty-four top law students from across Pakistan competed in Pakistan Law Moot's first-ever moot court event, organized in partnership with the Pakistan-US Alumni Network (PUAN), with support from US Embassy and the US Education Foundation Pakistan (USEFP).
18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition will debut in March 2016, the Newseum Institute and the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America announced today.
Durham Moot, has been organised by Durham Book Festival and Durham Miners' Association, in association with Palace Green Library and The People's Bookshop, on July 12 - the day of the Miners' Gala.
STUDENTS from Liverpool University convened at the Liverpool offices of law firm Brabners to take part in the fourth annual Charity Law Moot Competition.
ISLAMABAD -- The National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research, Centre of Excellence, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad will hold a moot of local historians at its premises on today (Thursday) at 10:00am here.
Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot), held in Jordan, March 3-6.
The university has also established a name for itself on the European mooting scene, having become the first Welsh law school to qualify for the Telders International Moot Court competition in 2013, where they were the best performing British team.