moot Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a hypothetical case that law students argue as an exercise
    • he organized the weekly moot
  2. verb think about carefully; weigh
    deliberate; turn over; consider; debate.
    • They considered the possibility of a strike
    • Turn the proposal over in your mind
  3. adjective satellite of no legal significance (as having been previously decided)
  4. adjective satellite open to argument or debate
    disputable; arguable; debatable.
    • that is a moot question


Moot verb
  1. See 1st Mot. Obs. Chaucer.
Moot noun
  1. (Shipbuilding) A ring for gauging wooden pins.
Moot transitive verb
OE. moten, motien, AS. motan to meet or assemble for conversation, to discuss, dispute, fr. mot, gemot, a meeting, an assembly; akin to Icel. mot, MHG. muoz. Cf. Meet to come together.
imperfect & past participle Mooted ; present participle & verbal noun Mooting
  1. To argue for and against; to debate; to discuss; to propose for discussion.
    A problem which hardly has been mentioned, much less mooted, in this country. Sir W. Hamilton.
  2. Specifically: To discuss by way of exercise; to argue for practice; to propound and discuss in a mock court.
    First a case is appointed to be mooted by certain young men, containing some doubtful controversy. Sir T. Elyot.
Moot intransitive verb
  1. To argue or plead in a supposed case.
    There is a difference between mooting and pleading; between fencing and fighting. B. Jonson.
Moot noun
AS. mot, gemot, a meeting; -- usually in comp.
  1. 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. J. R. Green.
  2. From Moot, v. A discussion or debate; especially, a discussion of fictitious causes by way of practice.
    The pleading used in courts and chancery called moots. Sir T. Elyot.
Moot adjective
  1. Subject, or open, to argument or discussion; undecided; debatable; mooted.

Webster 1913