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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mootadjective

    a hypothetical case that law students argue as an exercise

    "he organized the weekly moot"

  2. mootadjective

    of no legal significance (as having been previously decided)

  3. arguable, debatable, disputable, mootverb

    open to argument or debate

    "that is a moot question"

  4. consider, debate, moot, turn over, deliberateverb

    think about carefully; weigh

    "They considered the possibility of a strike"; "Turn the proposal over in your mind"


  1. Mootverb

    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.

  2. Mootadjective

    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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Mootverb

    To plead a mock cause; to state a point of law by way of exercise, as was commonly done in the inns of court at appointed times.

    Etymology: from motian, mot, gemot , meeting together, Saxon, or perhaps, as it is a law term, from mot, French.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Moot

    see 1st Mot

  2. Mootnoun

    a ring for gauging wooden pins

  3. Mootverb

    to argue for and against; to debate; to discuss; to propose for discussion

  4. Mootverb

    specifically: To discuss by way of exercise; to argue for practice; to propound and discuss in a mock court

  5. Mootverb

    to argue or plead in a supposed case

  6. Mootnoun

    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

  7. Moot

    a discussion or debate; especially, a discussion of fictitious causes by way of practice

  8. Mootadjective

    subject, or open, to argument or discussion; undecided; debatable; mooted

  9. Moot

    of Mot

  10. Etymology: [OE. moten, motien, AS. mtan to meet or assemble for conversation, to discuss, dispute, fr. mt, gemt, a meeting, an assembly; akin to Icel. mt, MHG. muoz. Cf. Meet to come together.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Moot

    mōōt, v.t. to propose for discussion: to discuss: argue for practice.—adj. discussed or debated.—n. 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.—adj. Moot′able, that can be mooted or debated.—ns. Moot′-case, Moot′-point, a case, point, or question to be mooted or debated: an unsettled question; Moot′-court, -hall, a meeting or court for arguing supposed cases; Moot′-hill, a hill of meeting on which the moot was held. [A.S. mótianmót, gemót, an assembly, akin to métan, to meet.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. MOOT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Moot is ranked #64559 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Moot surname appeared 308 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Moot.

    93.8% or 289 total occurrences were White.
    3.5% or 11 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.9% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of moot in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of moot in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of moot in a Sentence

  1. Craig Rogers:

    But in this case the patient already had widely metastatic cancer, so the horse was out of the barn— it had already spread. It was a moot point.

  2. Marion Barber II:

    He was real specific in his will that he didn’t want that, we are going to respect that. But in the condition his body was in, according to the examiner, that probably would have been a moot point because of the decomposition.

  3. Mike Rounds:

    I don't see the law changing. i already think that the fact that we've got eight to one on the Supreme Court that indicated that it's not coming up, probably makes it a moot question to begin with.

  4. Ben Cotton:

    All of this, however, may be a moot point, because subsequently I was able to recover all those deleted files and I have access to them.

  5. Drew Findling:

    However, we remain confident that, ultimately, Sheriff Hill will be completely exonerated, thereafter, the executive order will be moot, and the citizens of Clayton County will have Sheriff Hill, their duly elected sheriff, back in office.

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