During a conversation, someone might throw out the comment “the point is moot” before steering the topic to another direction. The question is, exactly what makes a point “moot”? What is “moot” by definition?
Something that is “moot” is considered “debatable”, “disputed”, “unresolved”, or even “controversial”. It is subject to debate and dispute on account of high uncertainties, generally failing to end with a final decision. Commonly, the phrase “moot point” is used, but this is not the extent of how the word “moot” can be utilized in a sentence. As an adjective, it is meant to state that something is continuing to be an issue. Interestingly enough, it is often used to turn the conversation at the point when the speaker feels the conversation will no longer advance. In other uses, the term can mean the opposite – as in something started in order to advance a conversation around a particular topic or subject matter.
“Moot” is most commonly an adjective in spoken language, but the fact is it’s much more than just that. “Moot” can also be a verb. For example, to moot something is to raise up a question, topic, idea, or even possibility for discussion. Synonyms include raising something up, bringing it up, broaching a topic, mentioning a point, introducing or advancing an idea, proposing or suggesting something, or putting a though forward. For example, “the idea was mooted five decades ago”. Similarly, a moot court in law school is the equivalent of a mock trial.