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moot adj
1 of no legal significance (as having been previously decided)
2 open to argument or debate; "that is a moot question" [syn: arguable, debatable, disputable] n : a hypothetical case that law students argue as an exercise; "he organized the weekly moot" v : think about carefully; weigh; "They considered the possibility of a strike"; "Turn the proposal over in your mind" [syn: consider, debate, turn over, deliberate]

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Etymology 1

From mōt.



  1. Subject to discussion (originally at a moot); arguable, debatable, not settled.
  2. Having no practical importance; academic. (See moot court.)
    That point may make for a good discussion, but it is moot.
Derived terms
Subject to discussion
Having no practical importance


  1. An assembly (usually for decision making in a locality).
  2. A mock legal debate, wherein law students act as opposing counsel in a fictional case as a method of learning or for competition.
  3. A gathering of Rovers (18 - 26 year-old Scouts). Usually a camp lasting 2 weeks.
  4. In the context of "paganism": A social gathering of pagans, normally held in a public house.
  5. A system of arbitration in many areas of Africa in which the primary goal is to settle a dispute and reintegrate adversaries into society rather than assess penalties.


  1. To bring up as a subject for debate, to propose.
  2. To discuss or debate.
  3. To make or declare irrelevant.
To bring up as a subject for debate, to propose
To discuss or debate

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Etymology 2

Origin unknown.


  • /ˈmʊt/


  1. Vagina.


  • The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English



moot (Plural: moten, diminutive: mootje)
  1. a thick slice of (usually) fish

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Moot may refer to:
  • from Moot as an Old English language (Anglo-Saxon) term for meeting:
    • Jamtamót, the old assembly of Jämtland
    • Witenagemot, the High Council of Anglo-Saxon England
    • Moot hall or Moot hill, a meeting or assembly place, traditionally to decide local issues
    • World Scout Moot, a gathering of older Scouts, mainly Rover Scouts, ages 18-26 from all over the world
    • Oxonmoot, the annual gathering at Oxford of the UK-based Tolkien Society
    • Entmoot, a gathering of Ents in The Lord of the Rings
    • Moodle Moot, a gathering or conference relating to the Moodle Learning Management System
    • "Moot", the creator of the popular imageboard 4chan
  • Moot court, an activity in many law schools where participants take part in simulated court proceedings
  • Mootness, in the law of the United States, a legal concept of "not actionable"; it is to this meaning that most U.S. usage of moot refers

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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