Moot point

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Moot point a point or question to be debated; a doubtful question.
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Idioms

Moot point - If something's a moot point, there's some disagreement about it: a debatable point. In the U.S., this expression usually means that there is no point in debating something, because it just doesn't matter. An example: If you are arguing over whether to go the beach or to the park, but you find out the car won't start and you can't go anywhere, then the destination is said to be a moot point.
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Usage

In literature:

After a long talk during which we fixed up a good many moot points, went on to see General d'Amade.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume I" by Ian Hamilton
The actual temperature of the moon's surface by day is a moot point.
"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by J. Arthur Thomson
Their bearing upon mooted points of political economy recommend them to the study of all interested in that intricate subject.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 2, August, 1864" by Various
This is the moot point for psychoanalysis.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
And thus, I think, I have contributed to clear up one mooted point in American history.
"South American Fights and Fighters" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
Whether Mr. Gladstone was lord high commissioner when he came to propose his reform is a moot point.
"The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by John Morley
But it does offer, on this one mooted point of versification, invaluable help.
"The Principles of English Versification" by Paull Franklin Baum
The binding of pamphlets is a mooted point in all libraries.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
What should be described as the complete and adequate notion of a cause, we need not say is one of the moot points of philosophy.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXXVI. October, 1843. Vol. LIV." by Various
Nor does the result of studying the tides along other coasts beside our own decide more conclusively on the mooted point.
"Time and Tide" by Robert S. (Robert Stawell) Ball
These technical questions are still mooted points with the critics.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 11" by Various
Marryat tells us it was a moot point in his young days.
"From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life" by Captain A. T. Mahan
Whether the Regent of Sweden intends to make himself king is a moot point.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. IX (of X) - America - I" by Various
Let us leave this moot point to be conclusively decided by others, and turn to observing and enjoying the glass.
"Stained Glass Tours in England" by Charles Hitchcock Sherrill
To what College or Hall his name and fame belong is a moot point among antiquaries.
"Oxford and Her Colleges" by Goldwin Smith
The amount of gum which the wool should exhibit is another mooted point.
"Sheep, Swine, and Poultry" by Robert Jennings
It is a moot point, however, whether grass should be turned at all, or left to "make" as it falls from the mowing machine.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 1" by Various
The length at which these canes shall be left is a moot point.
"American Grape Training" by Liberty Hyde (L.H.) Bailey
No certain conclusion can be arrived at on these moot points.
"Curiosities of Christian History" by Croake James
It is a moot point among historians whether Xenophon returned to Athens after he had quitted the Ten Thousand.
"Callias" by Alfred John Church
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In poetry:

We had fixed one day to sack him, and agreed to moot the point
When my lad should bring our usual regale of cindered joint,
But instead of cindered joint we saw and smelt, my wife and I,
Such a lovely, such a beautiful, oh! such a rabbit pie!
"My Other Chinee Cook" by James Brunton Stephens

In news:

Kevin Pollak tells THR that outrage over show's viral video is a 'moot point' after the contestants stumbled on the next question.
D'Alessandro: Amar'e Stoudemire's injury a moot point for Knicks.
Over CC moot point everywhere except New York.
3-point experiment proves moot .
It's a ' moot' point .
In the case of Ghost Rider, it's kind of a moot point.
Since I used to buy pears in the can (I know, I know), the ripening issue was a moot point.
"It was a moot point," Gutoski said.
Has the Internet really made geography a moot point.
It is a moot point as to who came off worse in the Carr crash caused by comedian Jimmy's tax affairs.
Verification of supply could be moot point.
So far no crying at a press conference (today)…but that could all be a moot point if the NFL can't unlock the lockout.
Rondo nearly rendered all those talking points moot.
Will Internet security problems escalate to the point of rendering IT moot.
Moots' Point: For Premium Bike Maker, It's Titanium or Bust.
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In science:

Since the self-transposed states do not offer a clue, we leave it as a moot point which of the two quantities is the crucial one.
Raw-data attacks in quantum cryptography with partial tomography
This is a moot point, in our opinion, as RTCG is strictly more powerful than C++ templates.
High-Order Discontinuous Galerkin Methods by GPU Metaprogramming
However the N(z,T=Sd/Irr)s of Figure 2 make this a moot point, and it is clear that the irregular class is irreconcilable with the observed N(z,T=Sd/Irr) distribution.
Hubble Deep Fever: A faint galaxy diagnosis
In the absence of a hidden-variable explanation , however, this becomes a moot point.
Information Tradeoff Relations for Finite-Strength Quantum Measurements
However, this point will certainly be moot by the time such a linear collider operates.
Linear Collider Physics Resource Book for Snowmass 2001 - Part 1: Introduction
Hi (As+2 n−1,k ) is surjective when n − 1 ≥ 3i + 1, but the new argument actually proves simultaneously that φi and µi are isomorphisms in the above range, avoiding completely the two commutative diagrams mentioned above, so that the point becomes moot.
Erratum to ``Stabilization for the automorphisms of free groups with boundaries''
Experimentally, the moot point consists in obtaining a reproducible reference state.
Friction and dilatancy in immersed granular matter
M 2 Gµν φµφν , except at particular points for which fχχ = 0 (and note that in the linear case χ is moot).
Fab 5: Noncanonical Kinetic Gravity, Self Tuning, and Cosmic Acceleration
One of the moot points of Debye’s analysis is exactly how to pick the right size of the cavity, an issue that has continued unabashed ever since .
Electrostatic interactions mediated by polarizable counterions: weak and strong coupling limits
What are precisely the regions where the two classes of comets formed, and are there indeed different, is presently a moot point.
Cometary diversity and cometary families
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