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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mot \Mot\ (m[=o]t), v. [Sing. pres. ind. Mot, Mote, Moot
     (m[=o]t), pl. Mot, Mote, Moote, pres. subj. Mote;
     imp. Moste.] [See Must, v.] [Obs.]
     May; must; might.
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           He moot as well say one word as another  --Chaucer.
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           The wordes mote be cousin to the deed.   --Chaucer.
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           Men moot [i.e., one only] give silver to the poore
           freres.                                  --Chaucer.
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     So mote it be, so be it; amen; -- a phrase in some rituals,
        as that of the Freemasons.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Moot \Moot\, v. i.
     To argue or plead in a supposed case.
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           There is a difference between mooting and pleading;
           between fencing and fighting.            --B. Jonson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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 of matters of
        common interest; -- usually in composition; as, folk-moot.
        --J. R. Green.
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     2. [From Moot, v.] A discussion or debate; especially, a
        discussion of fictitious causes by way of practice.
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              The pleading used in courts and chancery called
              moots.                                --Sir T.
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     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
     to make moot v. t. to render moot[2]; to moot[3].
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  moot \moot\ (m[=o]t), v.
     See 1st Mot. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  moot \moot\ (m[=oo]t), n. (Shipbuilding)
     A ring for gauging wooden pins.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Moot \Moot\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mooted; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Mooting.] [OE. moten, motien, AS. m[=o]tan to meet or
     assemble for conversation, to discuss, dispute, fr. m[=o]t,
     gem[=o]t, a meeting, an assembly; akin to Icel. m[=o]t, MHG.
     muoz. Cf. Meet to come together.]
     1. To argue for and against; to debate; to discuss; to
        propose for discussion.
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              A problem which hardly has been mentioned, much less
              mooted, in this country.              --Sir W.
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     2. Specifically: To discuss by way of exercise; to argue for
        practice; to propound and discuss in a mock court.
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              First a case is appointed to be mooted by certain
              young men, containing some doubtful controversy.
                                                    --Sir T.
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     3. To render inconsequential, as having no effect on the
        practical outcome; to render academic; as, the ruling that
        the law was invalid mooted the question of whether he
        actually violated it.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Moot \Moot\, a.
     1. Subject, or open, to argument or discussion; undecided;
        debatable; mooted.
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     2. Of purely theoretical or academic interest; having no
        practical consequence; as, the team won in spite of the
        bad call, and whether the ruling was correct is a moot

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: of no legal significance (as having been previously
      2: open to argument or debate; "that is a moot question" [syn:
         arguable, debatable, disputable, moot]
      n 1: a hypothetical case that law students argue as an exercise;
           "he organized the weekly moot"
      v 1: think about carefully; weigh; "They considered the
           possibility of a strike"; "Turn the proposal over in your
           mind" [syn: consider, debate, moot, turn over,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  119 Moby Thesaurus words for "moot":
     abstract, academic, advance, agitate, arguable, argue, argufy,
     armchair, at issue, bandy words, bicker, bring before,
     bring forward, bring up, broach, canvass, cavil, choplogic,
     commend to attention, confutable, confuted, conjectural, contend,
     contest, contestable, contested, controversial, controvertible,
     cross swords, cut and thrust, debatable, debate, deniable,
     disbelieved, discept, discredited, disputable, dispute, disputed,
     doubtable, doubted, doubtful, dubious, dubitable, exploded,
     give and take, hassle, have it out, hypothetic, ideal, iffy,
     impractical, in dispute, in doubt, in dubio, in question,
     indefinite, introduce, join issue, launch, lay before, lock horns,
     logomachize, make a motion, mistakable, mistrusted, move, notional,
     offer a resolution, open to doubt, open to question, open up,
     pettifog, plead, polemicize, polemize, pose, posit, postulate,
     postulatory, prefer, problematic, problematical, proffer, propose,
     proposition, propound, put forth, put forward, put it to,
     questionable, questioned, quibble, recommend, refutable,
     set before, set forth, spar, speculative, start, submit, suggest,
     suppositional, suspect, suspected, suspicious, take sides,
     theoretical, thrash out, try conclusions, uncertain, undecided,
     under a cloud, under suspicion, undetermined, unresolved,
     unsettled, ventilate, wrangle

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  MOOT, English law. A term used in the inns of court, signifying the exercise 
  of arguing imaginary cases, which young barristers and students used to 
  perform at certain times, the better to be enabled by this practice to 
  defend their clients cases. A moot question is one which has not been 

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