When a point is moot, it’s too trivial to think about. If your basketball team loses by 40 points, the bad call by the official in the first quarter is moot: it isn’t important.

Though moot can mean to debate endlessly without any clear decision or to think about something carefully, it most often describes ideas and arguments that don’t really matter. If your plane is crashing, whether or not your socks match is a moot point. When someone accuses you of making a moot point, he’s basically saying, “Come on! Let’s talk about what’s important.” As with so many things, people don’t always agree on what’s moot and what’s not.

Definitions of moot
  1. adjective

    of no legal significance (as having been previously decided)



    having no bearing on or connection with the subject at issue
  2. adjective

    open to argument or debate

    “that is a
    moot question”
    arguable, debatable, disputable


    marked by or capable of arousing controversy
  3. verb

    bring up a topic for discussion

    broach, initiate
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    address, cover, deal, handle, plow, treat

    act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression
    theologise, theologize

    treat from a theological viewpoint or render theological in character
    discourse, discuss, talk about

    to consider or examine in speech or writing
    type of:

    discuss, hash out, talk over

    speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion

  4. verb

    think about carefully; weigh

    consider, debate, deliberate, turn over

    consider, study

    give careful consideration to
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    deliberate or decide

    consider, ponder, or plan (an action) beforehand

    argue with one another

    engage in deep thought, consideration, or debate
    think twice

    consider and reconsider carefully
    type of:

    discuss, hash out, talk over

    speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion

  5. noun

    a hypothetical case that law students argue as an exercise

    “he organized the weekly
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    type of:

    case, causa, cause, lawsuit, suit

    a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy

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