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Meaning of moot by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Etymology 1

    From Old English *mōt, gemōt ( “meeting” )


    • enPR: mo͞ot, IPA: /muːt/, X-SAMPA: /mu:t/
    • Rhymes: -uːt


    moot ( comparative more moot, superlative most moot )

    1. ( UK, or US dated ) Subject to discussion ( originally at a moot ); arguable, debatable, unsolved or impossible to solve.
    2. ( North America ) Having no practical impact or relevance .
      That point may make for a good discussion, but it is moot .
    3. ( 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
    Derived terms


    moot ( plural: moots )

    1. A moot court .
    2. 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 .
    3. ( Scouting ) A gathering of Rovers ( 18 - 26 year-old Scouts ). Usually a camp lasting 2 weeks .
    4. ( paganism ) A social gathering of pagans, normally held in a public house .
    5. ( historical ) An assembly ( usually for decision making in a locality ). [from the 12th c.]
    Derived terms

    External links

    • Moot Hall

    Etymology 2

    Origin unknown .


    • IPA: /ˈmʊt/


    moot ( plural: moots )

    1. ( Australian ) Vagina .

    See also

    • 2005, The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, ISBN 041525938X, page vol. 2, p. 1320:


    • MOTO

Explanation of moot by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. think about carefully

    1. open to argument or debate

    2. that is a moot question
    3. of no legal significance ( as having been previously decided )

    1. a hypothetical case that law students argue as an exercise

    2. he organized the weekly moot

    Definition of moot by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. moot ( mōt ), v. See 1st Mot. [Obs.] Chaucer.

    2. moot ( mt ), n. ( Shipbuilding ) A ring for gauging wooden pins.

    3. Moot, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mooted ; p. pr. & vb. n. Mooting.] [OE. moten, motien, AS. mōtan to meet or assemble for conversation, to discuss, dispute, fr. mōt, gemōt, a meeting, an assembly; akin to Icel. mōt, MHG. muoz. Cf. Meet to come together.]
      1. To argue for and against; to debate; to discuss; to propose for discussion.

      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”.

    4. Moot v. i. To argue or plead in a supposed case.

      There is a difference between mooting and pleading; between fencing and fighting. B. Jonson.

    5. Moot, n. [AS. mōt, gemōt, a meeting; -- usually in comp.] [Written also mote.]
      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”. J. R. Green.

      2. [From Moot, v.] 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. Dryden. -- Moot court, a mock court, such as is held by students of law for practicing the conduct of law cases. -- Moot point, a point or question to be debated; a doubtful question. -- to make moot v. t. to render moot2; to moot3.

    6. Moot, 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”.

    7. Mot ( mōt ), v. [Sing. pres. ind. Mot, Mote, Moot ( mōt ), pl. Mot, Mote, Moote, pres. subj. Mote; imp. Moste.] [See Must, v.] [Obs.] May; must; might.

      He moot as well say one word as another Chaucer.

      The wordes mote be cousin to the deed. Chaucer.

      Men moot [i.e., one only] give silver to the poore freres. Chaucer.

      So mote it be, so be it; amen; -- a phrase in some rituals, as that of the Freemasons.