Meaning of MOOT in English

I. ˈmüt, usu -üd.+V noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English mot, moot, from Old English mōt assembly, meeting, encounter; akin to Old Frisian mōt lik legal, Old Saxon mōt meeting, encounter, Middle High German muoze encounter, Old Norse mōt meeting, assembly, Old English mētan to meet — more at meet


a. : a meeting for discussion and deliberation ; especially : a meeting of freemen (as of a town, city, or shire in early England) or their representatives to administer justice or for administrative purposes — compare folkmoot , gemot , hundred , witenagemot

b. : a place for holding such a meeting

2. obsolete : argument , discourse , discussion

but to end this moot — John Milton

3. : a hypothetical case argued or practice hearing held by law students

elected by his classmates as prosecutor for the weekly moot

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English moten, from Old English mōtian, from mōt, n.

intransitive verb

obsolete : to argue a case at law (as a hypothetical case) as a student in a law school

mooted seven years in the Inns of Court — John Earle

transitive verb

1. archaic : to discuss from a legal standpoint : argue

to moot cases on the … ruin of the constitution — Edmund Burke


a. : to bring up for discussion : broach II 6, suggest

condemned such a step when it was first mooted a year before — Ethel Drus

plans have been mooted for altering the general system of criminal procedure — Ernest Barker

b. : discuss , debate

the question, so often mooted and never solved, of church unity — Commonweal

the diction of poetry is now, as it has always been, a vigorously mooted point — J.L.Lowes

3. : to deprive of practical significance : make academic

the case was mooted by unwillingness of the complainant to prosecute

III. adjective

Etymology: moot (I)


a. : open to question : subject to discussion : debatable , unsettled

it is a moot question what might have happened — O.D.Tolischus

words of moot etymology — A.H.Marckwardt

fill in gaps … and to check moot points — Leslie Spier

b. : subjected to discussion : controversial , disputed

with a moot point of law cleared up — John LaFarge

extract … his views on the then moot subject of a second front — Henry Cassidy

2. : deprived of practical significance : made abstract or purely academic

thought that the Supreme Court would drop the case as a moot question, if the bill should become law — Time

appeal does not become moot when the alien leaves the country, since the possibility of a criminal prosecution for attempted re-entry … remains — Harvard Law Review

3. : concerned with a hypothetical situation

moot court

student participation in a moot … case — Bulletin of Information: Academy of Advanced Traffic

IV. ˈmüt transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English moten

dialect England : to grub out (as a tree root) or unearth (as an otter)

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