Meaning of “moot” in the English Dictionary

"moot" in British English

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mootverb [ T ]

uk /muːt/ us /muːt/ formal


uk /muːt/ us /muːt/

moot adjective (IN LAW)

mainly US specialized law If a legal question is moot, it does not need to be dealt with, because something has happened that solves the issue:

The court's decision became moot when the defendant was found dead.

mainly US specialized law imagined or invented as an example, and so without any legal importance:

a moot case

mootnoun [ C ]

uk /muːt/ us /muːt/ specialized

(Definition of “moot” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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mootadjective [ not gradable ]

us /mut/

moot adjective [ not gradable ] (NOT WORTH CONSIDERING)

law having no practical use or meaning:

Because the claim of negligence was denied, seeking an award for damages was moot.

moot adjective [ not gradable ] (NOT DECIDED)

(of a matter being considered) that has not been decided and can therefore still be discussed:

Whether or not to make the school coeducational is still a moot point, and we’ll be discussing it over the next few months.

(Definition of “moot” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)