moot

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj moot open to argument or debate "that is a moot question"
    • adj moot of no legal significance (as having been previously decided)
    • v moot think about carefully; weigh "They considered the possibility of a strike","Turn the proposal over in your mind"
    • n moot a hypothetical case that law students argue as an exercise "he organized the weekly moot"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Moot A discussion or debate; especially, a discussion of fictitious causes by way of practice. "The pleading used in courts and chancery called moots ."
    • Moot 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; as, folk-moot .
    • n moot (Shipbuilding) A ring for gauging wooden pins.
    • Moot Of purely theoretical or academic interest; having no practical consequence; as, the team won in spite of the bad call, and whether the ruling was correct is a moot question.
    • v moot mōt See 1st Mot.
    • Moot Specifically: To discuss by way of exercise; to argue for practice; to propound and discuss in a mock court. "First a case is appointed to be mooted by certain young men, containing some doubtful controversy."
    • Moot Subject, or open, to argument or discussion; undecided; debatable; mooted.
    • Moot To argue for and against; to debate; to discuss; to propose for discussion. "A problem which hardly has been mentioned, much less mooted , in this country."
    • v. i Moot To argue or plead in a supposed case. "There is a difference between mooting and pleading; between fencing and fighting."
    • Moot To render inconsequential, as having no effect on the practical outcome; to render academic; as, the ruling that the law was invalid mooted the question of whether he actually violated it.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n moot A meeting; a formal assembly. In this sense obsolete, except as used, chiefly in the archaic (Middle English) form mote, in certain historical terms, as folkmoot or folkmote, hallmote, etc. See def.; 3.
    • n moot The place of such a meeting.
    • n moot In early English history, a court formed by assembling the men of the village or tun, the hundred, or the kingdom, or their representatives. It exercised political and administrative functions with some judicial powers. Compare witena-gemot. See the quotation.
    • n moot Dispute; debate; discussion; specifically, in law, an argument on a hypothetical case by way of practice.
    • moot Relating to or connected with debatable questions; subject to discussion; discussed or debated; debatable; unsettled.
    • moot To debate; discuss; argue for and against; introduce or submit for discussion.
    • moot Specifically.
    • moot In law, to plead or argue (a cause or supposed cause) merely by way of exercise or practice.
    • moot To speak; utter.
    • moot To argue; dispute.
    • moot To plead or argue a supposed cause.
    • n moot An obsolete variant of mot.
    • moot To dig.
    • n moot In ship-building:
    • n moot A ring used to gage the diameter of treenails.
    • n moot A piece of hard wood bound with iron at both ends, used in making blocks.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Moot mōōt to propose for discussion: to discuss: argue for practice
    • adj Moot discussed or debated
    • n Moot in early English history, the meeting of the assembled freemen, or their representatives, to regulate the affairs of the village or tun, the hundred, or the kingdom—village- or town-moot, hundred-moot, folk-moot
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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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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. moten, motien, AS. mōtan, to meet or assemble for conversation, to discuss, dispute, fr. mōt, gemōt, a meeting, an assembly; akin to Icel. mōt, MHG. muoz,. Cf. Meet to come together

Usage

In literature:

Whether such a condition of things will much longer obtain is a moot question.
"The Empire of the East" by H. B. Montgomery
What our relation to that reputation was to be, we could see was a mooted question with them.
"War from the Inside" by Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
How many men he killed is a mooted question.
"When the West Was Young" by Frederick R. Bechdolt
A general union of the colonies had been mooted before the Revolution.
"The Fathers of Confederation" by A. H. U. Colquhoun
There is evidence to show that a plot to compass Selkirk's death or seizure had been mooted some weeks before.
"The Red River Colony" by Louis Aubrey Wood
We must remember, too, how many mooted, yet vital questions have now been put to rest.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 88, February, 1865" by Various
How far Gumming believed his own prophecies is a moot point.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Who the original "sons of God" were is a moot point.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
It was an evil omen for Saul that the erection of a fixed sanctuary was not even mooted under him.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions, v. 1" by Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg
But such an idea was never mooted, simply because France is a great Power.
"The Truth About America" by Edward Money
Whence they came is a moot point.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
There had been no uncertainty about Sir Tom's opinion when the subject was mooted to him first.
"Sir Tom" by Mrs. Oliphant
That her mind had never mooted the point was a detail, which retrospect corrected.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Up to 1825 it was a mooted question whether the richest landowners would arise in New York, Philadelphia, Boston or Baltimore.
"History of the Great American Fortunes, Vol. I" by Myers Gustavus
A plan was mooted among the messes that following night, to cut out the front logs.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 10" by Various
He was not in the Council when the accursed business was first mooted.
"The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon" by J.A. Froude
The declaration of its independence was still a moot question.
"Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. I." by John L. Stephens
The camp was disgusted with the man who had mooted this question.
"First Fam'lies of the Sierras" by Joaquin Miller
It was too deplorable a subject to be mooted on our wedding day.
"Love's Usuries" by Louis Creswicke
As it happened, it was not to Leslie that she was destined to first moot the subject of Louise's treacherous confidence.
"A Traitor's Wooing" by Headon Hill
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In poetry:

But now, this upstart Fisher man,
Intent on irritating me,
Has dared to moot a Fed'ral plan
Without conciliating me.
"The Dictator" by C J Dennis
Let all abiding mooted problems
Deep rooted in our fortunes seem
To some a sedentary habit;
But still at home I brood and dream.
"I would go home again—to rooms..." by Boris Pasternak
Forest strong sandals
burnt geometry fingers
around a fire
reading history in blackened
books, charcoal sentence
in moot splendor
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison
It is moot whether there be divinities
As I finish this play by Webster:
The street-cars are still running however
And the katharsis fades in the warm water of a yawn.
"Horatian Epode To The Duchess Of Malfi" by Allen Tate
This man loves farming, that man law,
While this one follows pathways martial--
What moots it whither mortals turn?
Grim fate from her mysterious urn
Doles out the lots with hand impartial.
"In Praise Of Contentment" by Eugene Field
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:

3M Re-Files Suit Against Covington in State Court, Mooting Firm's Dismissal Bid.
The issue was moot for the moment.
Photo shows Dellinger addressing the stand-in Supreme Court Judges in the moot court setting.
In the case of Ghost Rider, it's kind of a moot point.
When Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather Jr face off in the ring at the MGM Grand on Saturday night, it will be several years after a meeting between the two men was first mooted.
"It was a moot point," Gutoski said.
Hampton's Taphouse to host Moot Davis on Tuesday, full slate of acts through the summer.
Moot ' toot ' a hoot.
A judge Monday refused to unfreeze the assets of celebrity-scamming money manager Kenneth Starr, saying his recent guilty plea made a motion for legal fees "moot," the New York Post reported.
Has the Internet really made geography a moot point.
Circuit court declares Northern Rockies wolf-hunting case moot.
Completion of the draft could moot the institutional conflict.
Payday loan debate may be moot.
When legislative counsel Wil Keane noted the lawmakers were continuing to seek a 2/3rds compromise that would make this court action moot, Judge Howard McKibben drew spontaneous laughter asking "What are the prospects.".
More runs, of course, could render the thought moot.
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In science:

Thus if there are such nonminimal fields in nature, all of the discussion of quantum violation of the energy conditions may be moot.
The Classical Singularity Theorems and their Quantum Loopholes
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
There are other results about solution operators to ¯∂ in the unbounded setting but for the case Ω = Cn , rendering any boundary discussion moot [HH07, Gana].
Defining Functions for Unbounded $C^m$ Domains
In particular, the issue of associativity is moot since only the right-to-left composition has the possibility of being defined.
Real Algebraic Number Theory II. Ideological Arithmetic
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, since magnetism is never an issue in the TMDs of interest, what underpins anomalous responses reminiscen of d- and f -band critical systems near magnetism is moot.
Preformed Excitons, Orbital Selectivity, and Charge-Density-Wave Order in 1T-TiSe_2
Let me describe this idea as intriguing, and note that it could render much of the other work moot.
Pentaquarks: Theory overview, and some more about quark models
So further exploration in that direction is moot.
Generating perfect fluid spheres in general relativity
Within that framework, explanations invoking selection effects are moot.
Enlightenment, Knowledge, Ignorance, Temptation
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''
In the context of genetic linkage detection, these arguments are nowadays moot.
1953: An unrecognized summit in human genetic linkage analysis
Experimentally, the moot point consists in obtaining a reproducible reference state.
Friction and dilatancy in immersed granular matter
In particular, given a code defined over Σ, do we do our accounting in terms of number of operations over Σ or the number of operations over “bits”? This question is moot when Σ has constant size as both the measures will be within constant factors of each other.
Data Stream Algorithms for Codeword Testing
The three source distances become very nearly equal, and the potentially nettlesome question of which one to use in a given problem becomes moot.
Techniques of Proton Radiotherapy: Transport Theory
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
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