Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a hypothetical case that law students argue as an exercise
  2. (verb, communication) think about carefully; weigh
    Turn the proposal over in your mind
  3. (adj, all) open to argument or debate
  4. (adj, all) of no legal significance (as having been previously decided)

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Alternate forms of Moot

Hyponyms: debate, premeditate, see, think twice, wrestle

Hypernyms: case, causa, cause, discuss, hash out, lawsuit, suit, talk over

Origin of the word Moot

  1. 1154, from O.E. gemot "meeting" (especially of freemen, to discuss community affairs or mete justice), from P.Gmc. *ga-motan (cf. Old Low Frankish muot "encounter," M.Du. moet, M.H.G. muoz), from collective prefix *ga- + *motan (see meet (v.)). The adj. senses of "debatable" and "not worth considering" arose from moot case,more

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