arguable, debatable, disputable, moot

(adjective) open to argument or debate; “that is a moot question”


(adjective) of no legal significance (as having been previously decided)


(noun) a hypothetical case that law students argue as an exercise; “he organized the weekly moot”

consider, debate, moot, turn over, deliberate

(verb) think about carefully; weigh; “They considered the possibility of a strike”; “Turn the proposal over in your mind”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


moot (comparative more moot, superlative most moot)

(current in UK, rare in the US) Subject to discussion (originally at a moot); arguable, debatable, unsolved or impossible to solve.

(North America, chiefly, legal) Being an exercise of thought; academic.

(North America) Having no practical impact or relevance.


• (without relevance): irrelevant, obsolete (if it was previously relevant)


moot (plural moots)

A moot court.

A system of arbitration in many areas of Africa in which the primary goal is to settle a dispute and reintegrate adversaries into society rather than assess penalties.

(Scouting) A gathering of Rovers, usually in the form of a camp lasting 2 weeks.

(paganism) A social gathering of pagans, normally held in a public house.

(historical) An assembly (usually for decision-making in a locality). [from the 12th c.]

(shipbuilding) A ring for gauging wooden pins.

Etymology 2


moot (third-person singular simple present moots, present participle mooting, simple past and past participle mooted)

To bring up as a subject for debate, to propose.

To discuss or debate.

(US) To make or declare irrelevant.

To argue or plead in a supposed case.

(regional, obsolete) To talk or speak.

(Scotland, Northern England) To say, utter, also insinuate.

Usage notes

In the fifth sense, usually found in the archaic phrase no boot to moot, as inː it's no boot to moot with her (it is no use to talk/reason/plead with her).

In rural northern dialects, usually used together with the verbs mell and spell, where moot is used instead of talk and say; mell used instead of speak and converse; and spell instead of tell and relate. The verb moot in the sense to talk, say, utter etc., is part of an informal in-group speak or register wherein speakers (mostly of northern dialects) use this and the above-mentioned words when talking with one another and when talking with outsiders or strangers they, usually, only use the words like say, talk, speak etc.. For example, if a mother is talking with her child she is much more likely to use words like moot, mell and spell, however if she is speaking with a stranger from the South she is extremely unlikely to use such words. Also, such words are usually considered taboo in formal contexts.


moot (plural moots)

(Scotland, Northern England) A whisper, or an insinuation, also gossip or rumors.

(Scotland, Northern England, rural) Talk.

Etymology 3


moot (plural moots)

(Australia) Vagina.

Etymology 4


moot (plural moots)

(West Country) The stump of a tree; the roots and bottom end of a felled tree.


moot (third-person singular simple present moots, present participle mooting, simple past and past participle mooted)

(West Country) To take root and begin to grow.

(West Country) To turn up soil or dig up roots, especially an animal with the snout.


• MOTO, moto, moto-, tomo-, toom

Source: Wiktionary

Moot, v.

Definition: See 1st Mot. [Obs.] Chaucer.

Moot, n. (Shipbuilding)

Definition: A ring for gauging wooden pins.

Moot, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mooted; p. pr. & vb. n. Mooting.] Etym: [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.]

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, v. i.

Definition: To argue or plead in a supposed case. There is a difference between mooting and pleading; between fencing and fighting. B. Jonson.

Moot, n. Etym: [AS. mot, gemot, a meeting; -- usually in comp.] [Written also mote.]

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. Etym: [From Moot, v.]

Definition: 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 case, a case or question to be mooted; a disputable case; an unsettled question. Dryden.

– Moot court, a mock court, such as is held by students of law for practicing the conduct of law cases.

– Moot point, a point or question to be debated; a doubtful question.

Moot, a.

Definition: Subject, or open, to argument or discussion; undecided; debatable; mooted.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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