Moot Moot, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mooted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mooting}.] [OE. moten, motien, AS. m[=o]tan to meet or assemble for conversation, to discuss, dispute, fr. m[=o]t, gem[=o]t, a meeting, an assembly; akin to Icel. m[=o]t, MHG. muoz. Cf. {Meet} to come together.] 1. To argue for and against; to debate; to discuss; to propose for discussion. [1913 Webster]

A problem which hardly has been mentioned, much less mooted, in this country. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

2. Specifically: To discuss by way of exercise; to argue for practice; to propound and discuss in a mock court. [1913 Webster]

First a case is appointed to be mooted by certain young men, containing some doubtful controversy. --Sir T. Elyot. [1913 Webster]

3. 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. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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