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Noun

Singular
moot point

Plural
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  1. An issue that is subject to, or open for discussion or debate, and which could only be definitively determined by an assembly of the people.
    Now that downtown has been rebuilt and business is booming, whether to build more parking spaces has become a moot point.
  2. (US) 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.
Usage notes
  • The first usage given above is the original meaning of the phrase, and was once dominant in the UK. This second usage given is modern and increasingly popular, possibly because of the association with moot court. It has come to dominate, although some in the UK regard it as incorrect.
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