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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: moot 'law court, discussion' (11-21 centuries), from Old English mot


1 adjective

a moot point/question

something that has not yet been decided or agreed, and about which people have different opinions:
Whether these controls will really reduce violent crime is a moot point.
2 American English a situation or possible action that is moot is no longer likely to happen or exist:
The fear that airstrikes could endanger troops is moot now that the army is withdrawing.

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