moot point

a) An issue that is subject to, or open for discussion or debate; originally, one to be definitively determined by an assembly of the people.

Exactly which of the songs on Small Change originated in London is a moot point.

b) An issue regarded as potentially debatable, but no longer practically applicable. Although the idea may still be worth debating and exploring academically, and such discussion may be useful for addressing similar issues in the future, the idea has been rendered irrelevant for the present issue.

Until we rebuild downtown, whether we build more parking spaces is a moot point.


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  • Moot point — Moot Moot, n. [AS. m[=o]t, gem[=o]t, 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moot point — index problem, thesis Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 moot point …   Law dictionary

  • moot point — If something s a moot point, there s some disagreement about it: a debatable point. In the U.S., this expression usually means that there is no point in debating something, because it just doesn t matter. An example: If you are arguing over… …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • moot point — noun An undecided or disputed point • • • Main Entry: ↑moot …   Useful english dictionary

  • moot point —    If something s a moot point, there s some disagreement about it: a debatable point. In the U.S., this expression usually means that there is no point in debating something, because it just doesn t matter. An example: If you are arguing over… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Moot point —   If something s a moot point, there s some disagreement about it; a debatable point …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • moot point — point which is debatable, subject which is open for discussion …   English contemporary dictionary

  • moot point — Synonyms and related words: bone of contention, catechism, cross interrogatory, cross question, debating point, demand, feeler, inquiry, interrogation, interrogative, interrogatory, issue, leader, leading question, point at issue, point in… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • moot point — /mut ˈpɔɪnt/ (say mooht poynt) noun 1. a matter which is uncertain and open to debate. 2. Originally US an irrelevant argument. {moot1 + point1 (def. 22) …   Australian English dictionary

  • (a) moot point — a moot ˈpoint/ˈquestion idiom (BrE, NAmE) a matter about which there may be disagreement or confusion • Whether this should be enforced by law or not is a moot point. Main entry: ↑mootidiom …   Useful english dictionary


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