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- n. An issue that is subject to, or open for discussion or debate; originally, one to be definitively determined by an assembly of the people.
- n. An issue regarded as potentially debatable, but no longer practically applicable. Although the idea may still be worth debating and exploring academically, and such discussion may be useful for addressing similar issues in the future, the idea has been rendered irrelevant for the present issue.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a point or question to be debated; a doubtful question.
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It was always a moot point whether refreshment-room tea was nastier than refreshment-room coffee, or less nasty.