Moot or Mute Point?

"Moot Point" or "Mute Point"?

"Moot point" and "mute point" are often confused. The common term is "moot point."

According to, a "moot point" is "a debatable question" or "an issue open to argument." It can also mean "an irrelevant question" or "a matter of no importance."
moot point or mute point?

"Moot" Meaning

"Moot" means "debatable" most of the time. It can also be translated as "open to discussion," "debatable," or "doubtful." "Moot" is an adjective.

Example sentences with "moot":
  • It is a moot point. correct tick
  • (This is the most common meaning of "moot." Also, "moot point" is the most common term featuring the word "moot.")
"Moot" also means "of little or no practical value," "purely academic," or "purely theoretical."
  • It is a moot case. correct tick
  • (It could, for example, be a case set up so law students can practise court procedures.)
Although rare, "moot" can also be used as a verb that corresponds to the meanings above. For example:
  • I intend to moot this issue. correct tick
  • (I intend to present this issue for debate.)
  • We ought to moot this issue. correct tick
  • (We ought to render this issue purely theoretical.)

How to Pronounce "Moot" and "Mute"

Click to hear how "moot" and "mute" are pronounced.

"Mute" Meaning

"Mute" most commonly means "speechless," "silent," "refraining from speech," or "quiet." In these meanings, "mute" is an adjective.

Example sentences with "mute":
  • Shocked to the core, he was now mute. correct tick
  • Bonzo looked at the diners from his basket with mute longing. correct tick
  • It was an eerily mute village. correct tick
  • The letter P is mute. correct tick
  • (This means that it's not pronounced as in "pneumonia.")
As a noun, "mute" is a "a person without the power of speech," "a button to turn off the sound," or "a device placed on an instrument to deaden the resonance."
  • He is a mute. correct tick
  • Press the mute. correct tick
  • It sounds awesome with the mute on. correct tick
As a verb, "mute" means "to deaden or to muffle the sound of" something.
  • The sodden bed of pine needles muted her steps as she approached the stag. correct tick
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This page was written by Craig Shrives.