Today I went to a sixth form talk at my school and one of the extra-curricular activities available to us is a law firm’s moot campaign. At first, I wasn’t sure if moot was an abbrivaition for something or if it was an actual word, so when I got home, naturally I searched it up and found out that moot is a very descriptive and useful word that can be used as an adjective, a noun and a verb.
- open to discussion or debate; debatable; doubtful:
Whether that was the cause of their troubles is a moot point.
2. of little or no practical value, meaning, or relevance; purely academic:
In practical terms, the issue of her application is moot because the deadline has passed.
3. Chiefly Law. not actual; theoretical; hypothetical.
Verb (used with object)
- to present or introduce (any point, subject, project, etc.) for discussion.
- to reduce or remove the practical significance of; make purely theoretical or academic.
- Archaic. to argue (a case), especially in a mock court.
- an assembly of the people in early England exercising political, administrative, and judicial powers.
- an argument or discussion, especially of a hypothetical legal case.
- obsolete. a debate, argument, or discussion.
The word comes from a combination of old English words like mōt meaning assembly or meeting, and mōtian meaning to converse, and the more modern English word meeting.
I have got to say that I don’t think I will be able to us this word very often but I’m happy to know it exists and if I’m ever in the situation where the word mot is needed I will definitely take the opportunity.
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