Meaning of “moot” in the English Dictionary

"moot" in British English

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mootverb [ T ]

uk /muːt/ us /muːt/ formal

to suggest something for discussion:

The idea was first mooted as long ago as the 1840s.
His name was mooted as a possible successor.


uk /muːt/ us /muːt/

moot adjective (QUESTION)

often discussed or argued about but having no definite answer:

It's a moot point whether building more roads reduces traffic congestion.

not important or not relevant, therefore not worth discussing:

We don't have enough money to go, so it's all moot anyway.

mootnoun [ C ]

uk /muːt/ us /muːt/ specialized

a trial or discussion dealing with an imaginary legal case, performed by students in exactly the same way as a real case, as part of their legal training:

a moot court

(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)