Definitions

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.
  • Specifically
  • 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)

Etymologies

Middle English, meeting, from Old English mōt, gemōt.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English moot, mot, ȝemot, from Old English mōt, gemōt ("moot, society, assembly, meeting, court, council, synod"), from Proto-Germanic *mōtan (“encounter, meeting, assembly”), from Proto-Indo-European *mōd-, *mād- (“to encounter, come”). Cognate with Scots mut, mote ("meeting, assembly"), Low German mote ("meeting"), Danish møde ("meeting"), Swedish möte ("meeting"), Icelandic mót ("meeting, tournament, meet"). Related to meet. (Wiktionary)
Origin unknown. (Wiktionary)

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  • moot=Of no practical importance; irrelevant.

    September 4, 2013

  • You say contronymic, I say oxymoronic. Debatably non-debatable. You decide. Is it a moot question?..................My point exactly.

    September 8, 2011

  • "...realizing the point is in serious danger of becoming moot-" Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

    October 17, 2010

  • Also, when used as a noun archaically, has the sense of 'a place of meeting'. Derived, I think, from Icelandic.

    July 4, 2008

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    Joey: All right, Rach, the big question is, does he like you? All right? Because if he doesn't like you, this is all a moo-point.

    Rachel: Huh. A moo-point?

    Joey: Yeah, it's like a cow's opinion. It just doesn't matter. It's moo.

    Rachel: (to Monica and Phoebe) Have I been living with him for too long, or did that all just make sense?

    May 23, 2008

  • Jane Smiley on free will.

    February 1, 2008

  • You sure did. And it was a beautiful thing.

    October 10, 2007

  • I geeked out mightily for a moment, there, huh?

    October 10, 2007

  • Oh, there must be a Tolkien list here somewhere. :-)

    October 9, 2007

  • Yes, actually "Rohirric" is just Anglo-Saxon, or Englisc, if you prefer. :)

    Has anyone done a Tolkien list?

    October 9, 2007

  • I suspect Tolkien used "Entmoot" in the same sense as moot court. Makes sense to me. He was a big fan of obsolete Old English words too... :)

    October 9, 2007

  • There is also the Old Entish meaning...

    October 9, 2007

  • What do you mean, "opposite sense"? It means both things, right? (Isn't that what contronymic means?) Usually when people say something's moot, they mean it isn't worth arguing over or debating because there are no consequences. Which is correct, because it's one of the two definitions.

    I like "moo point." I think I'll use that.

    October 9, 2007

  • My favorite misunderstanding of "moot" was on Friends, when Joey said something was a "moo point" - because it's as meaningless as what a cow would say.

    October 9, 2007

  • Wow, I am so guilty.

    October 9, 2007

  • It's amazing how many people use the word "moot" without knowing what is means, isn't it? And they usually use it in the opposite sense.

    October 9, 2007

  • Contronymic in the sense: debatable vs. non-debatable.

    January 27, 2007