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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.

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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)

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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.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Gumla, April 1 (ANI): A project mooted by the central government of India in Jharkhand has been training young girls in learning productive vocation and thus enable them to be self-reliant.To this end,the district administration of Gumla in the state instituted Kasturba Gandhi School where around 1,468 girl students were taught basic skills in various vocations and trained them to be able artisans producing varieties of utility items.
The Institute mooted Michael Newdow, an atheist who challenged the constitutionality of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance's "under God" line in public schools, before he argued his own case at the Court in a recent term.
Dehradun, March 28 (ANI):Farmers in Uttarakhand are benefiting from a unique financial institution named Kisan Bank, mooted by the central government.This bank instituted a year ago has facilitated farmers to achieve their desired aims and progress.Kisan Bank can be termed as a single window institution catering to the needs of farmers.A remarkable aspect of the bank is that the financial support advanced to the farmers is recovered not monetarily but in the form the farm produce.