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[moot] /mut/
adjective
1.
open to discussion or debate; debatable; doubtful:
a moot point.
2.
of little or no practical value or meaning; purely academic.
3.
Chiefly Law. not actual; theoretical; hypothetical.
verb (used with object)
4.
to present or introduce (any point, subject, project, etc.) for discussion.
5.
to reduce or remove the practical significance of; make purely theoretical or academic.
6.
Archaic. to argue (a case), especially in a mock court.
noun
7.
an assembly of the people in early England exercising political, administrative, and judicial powers.
8.
an argument or discussion, especially of a hypothetical legal case.
9.
Obsolete. a debate, argument, or discussion.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English mot(e) meeting, assembly, Old English gemōt; cognate with Old Norse mōt, Dutch gemoet meeting. See meet1
Related forms
mooter, noun
mootness, noun
Synonyms
1. disputable, disputed, unsettled. 4. debate, dispute, discuss.
Antonyms
1. indisputable. 4. agree.
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British Dictionary definitions for mootest

moot

/muːt/
adjective
1.
subject or open to debate: a moot point
verb
2.
(transitive) to suggest or bring up for debate
3.
(intransitive) to plead or argue theoretical or hypothetical cases, as an academic exercise or as vocational training for law students
noun
4.
a discussion or debate of a hypothetical case or point, held as an academic activity
5.
(in Anglo-Saxon England) an assembly, mainly in a shire or hundred, dealing with local legal and administrative affairs
Derived Forms
mooter, noun
Word Origin
Old English gemōt; compare Old Saxon mōt, Middle High German muoze meeting
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Word Origin and History for mootest

moot

n.

"assembly of freemen," mid-12c., from Old English gemot "meeting" (especially of freemen, to discuss community affairs or mete justice), "society, assembly, council," from Proto-Germanic *ga-motan (cf. Old Low Frankish muot "encounter," Middle Dutch moet, Middle High German muoz), from collective prefix *ga- + *motan (see meet (v.)).

adj.

"debatable; not worth considering" from moot case, earlier simply moot (n.) "discussion of a hypothetical law case" (1530s), in law student jargon. The reference is to students gathering to test their skills in mock cases.

v.

"to debate," Old English motian "to meet, talk, discuss," from mot (see moot (n.)). Related: Mooted; mooting.

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