(redirected from moots)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia.


An issue presenting no real controversy.

Moot refers to a subject for academic argument. It is an abstract question that does not arise from existing facts or rights.

Moot court is a cocurricular or extracurricular activity in law school where students have the opportunity to write briefs and present oral arguments on hypothetical cases.


adj. 1) unsettled, open to argument, or debatable, specifically about a legal question which has not been determined by any decision of any court. 2) an issue only of academic interest. (See: moot point, moot court)


adjective abstract, academic, actionable, contentious, contestable, contested, controversial, controvertible, debatable, disputable, disputatious, doubtful, dubious, hypothetical, in dispute, in issue, in question, open to discussion, open to question, questionable, questioned, speculative, subject to controversy, suppositional, theoretical, uncertain, under discussion, undetermined, unsettled, untried
Associated concepts: academic question, moot appeal, moot case, moot controversy, moot court, moot question
See also: debate, dubious, equivocal, pose, posit, problematic, propound, undecided


an old English word for an assembly, but now the word is used only
1 as a noun to describe a legal argument not in a court of law, usually held for the purpose of legal education based on a tradition established in the English Inns of Court.
2 as an adjective, a point of law is often said to be moot if, raised in a litigation, the point does not any longer affect the decision in the case before the court.

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 decided.

References in periodicals archive ?
Some advocates recommend videotaping the moot to enable the advocate to evaluate all aspects of the moot, from substance to style.
Some advocates prefer doing a formal moot as late as possible, on the eve of the argument.
If a moot judge, appellate team member, or the client representative is in a distant city, the moot can be conducted using videoconferencing for the remote participant.
When there are retained moot court judges, as a practical matter, the cost for a moot boils down to the fee charged by the moot judges.
When there are retained moot judges, some clients will be comfortable with hourly billing, while others may prefer a flat fee.
Moot courts can be an incredibly valuable tool for oral argument preparation.
Once the panel is set, the Fellow schedules the moot about a week before the actual argument.
Both advocates and panelists come to the moot prepared as if it's the actual argument.
A thorough questioning at a moot, Vladeck says, provides advocates "tremendous insight" into their cases.
You can't have the conversation without the moot and you can't have the moot without the conversation.
37) </pre> <p>The panelists usually succeed in that mission: Porter says that his moot was in fact more difficult than the actual argument.
44) </pre> <p>There's no sense in being overly nice, says Phillips, who as a moot panelist tries "to be fairly aggressive without being overbearing" because that's what advocates can expect from the Court.