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Definition of "moot" []

  • Law A hypothetical case argued by law students as an exercise. (noun)
  • An ancient English meeting, especially a representative meeting of the freemen of a shire. (noun)
  • To bring up as a subject for discussion or debate. (verb-transitive)
  • To discuss or debate. See Synonyms at broach1. (verb-transitive)
  • Law To plead or argue (a case) in a moot court. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "moot" in a sentence
  • "The Clintons would rather prefer to spend their time for the more noble cause of working with the Bush family to reduce AIDS and poverty around the globe than spend countless hours in moot litigation launched by members of the GOP behind the scenes."
  • "The bigger issue is that the specific skills emphasized in moot court are weighted wrongly, namely, the “sounds good” or overstylized advocate versus those who can elucidate the substance and concede weak points — i.e. the difference between an actual advocate and ally of the judges and someone who can win at debates."
  • "We are occasionally asked to testify in moot court to provide verisimilitude."