from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Law A hypothetical case argued by law students as an exercise.
- n. An ancient English meeting, especially a representative meeting of the freemen of a shire.
- transitive v. To bring up as a subject for discussion or debate.
- transitive v. To discuss or debate. See Synonyms at broach1.
- transitive v. Law To plead or argue (a case) in a moot court.
- adj. Subject to debate; arguable: a moot question.
- adj. Law Without legal significance, through having been previously decided or settled.
- adj. Of no practical importance; irrelevant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Subject to discussion (originally at a moot); arguable, debatable, unsolved or impossible to solve.
- adj. Having no practical impact or relevance.
- adj. Being an exercise of thought; academic.
- n. A moot court.
- n. 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.
- n. A gathering of Rovers (18 - 26 year-old Scouts). Usually a camp lasting 2 weeks.
- n. A social gathering of pagans, normally held in a public house.
- v. To bring up as a subject for debate, to propose.
- v. To discuss or debate.
- v. To make or declare irrelevant.
- n. Vagina.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Subject, or open, to argument or discussion; undecided; debatable; mooted.
- adj. Of purely theoretical or academic interest; having no practical consequence.
- n. A ring for gauging wooden pins.
- n. 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.
- n. A discussion or debate; especially, a discussion of fictitious causes by way of practice.
- v. See 1st mot.
- intransitive v. To argue or plead in a supposed case.
- transitive v. To argue for and against; to debate; to discuss; to propose for discussion.
- transitive v. Specifically: To discuss by way of exercise; to argue for practice; to propound and discuss in a mock court.
- transitive v. To render inconsequential, as having no effect on the practical outcome; to render academic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to or connected with debatable questions; subject to discussion; discussed or debated; debatable; unsettled.
- To debate; discuss; argue for and against; introduce or submit for discussion.
- In law, to plead or argue (a cause or supposed cause) merely by way of exercise or practice.
- To speak; utter.
- To argue; dispute.
- To plead or argue a supposed cause.
- To dig.
- n. A meeting; a formal assembly.
- n. The place of such a meeting.
- n. In early English history, a court formed by assembling the men of the village or tun, the hundred, or the kingdom, or their representatives.
- n. Dispute; debate; discussion; specifically, in law, an argument on a hypothetical case by way of practice.
- n. An obsolete variant of mot.
- n. In ship-building:
- n. A ring used to gage the diameter of treenails.
- n. A piece of hard wood bound with iron at both ends, used in making blocks.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a hypothetical case that law students argue as an exercise
- v. think about carefully; weigh
- adj. open to argument or debate
- adj. of no legal significance (as having been previously decided)
The Clintons would rather prefer to spend their time for the more noble cause of working with the Bush family to reduce AIDS and poverty around the globe than spend countless hours in moot litigation launched by members of the GOP behind the scenes.
The bigger issue is that the specific skills emphasized in moot court are weighted wrongly, namely, the “sounds good” or overstylized advocate versus those who can elucidate the substance and concede weak points — i.e. the difference between an actual advocate and ally of the judges and someone who can win at debates.
We are occasionally asked to testify in moot court to provide verisimilitude.
Many fellowship training programs have their fellows testify in moot court as part of training, in preparation for having to testify as a “real” expert witness.
Having some experience in moot court is good training forus.
Moreover, the skills of oral advocacy learned in moot court are valuable not just in the appellate courtroom but in any public speaking situation, in negotiations, and in almost any sort of advocacy role.
Nothing in moot court, as practiced in law school, prepares you for that question/statement.
Participated in moot court competition in law school, which was a huge factor in my shifting from criminal law to appellate advocacy.
You obviously cannot thus your argument that I am enabling them by making your argument moot is also assuming facts not in evidence in that you cannot SHOW your argument would be effective ANYWAY.
“And simultaneously disappointed.” moot is the founder of an online community called 4chan, located at 4chan. org.
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