Moot or Mute Point?

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Moot or Mute Point?

Should I write "moot point" or "mute point"? The term is "moot point."

According to dictionary.com, 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."

More about "Moot" and "Mute"

  • "Moot" most commonly means "debatable." It can also mean "purely academic."
  • "Mute" most commonly means "speechless" or "silent."
moot point or mute point?

Examples with "Moot"

As an adjective, "moot" means "open to discussion," "debatable," or "doubtful."
  • It is a moot point.
  • (This is the most common meaning of "moot." Also, "moot point" is the most common term featuring the word "moot.")
As an adjective, "moot" can also mean "of little or no practical value," "purely academic," or "purely theoretical."
  • It is a moot case.
  • (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 either of the meanings above. For example:
  • I intend to moot this issue.
  • (I intend to present this issue for debate.)
  • We ought to moot this issue.
  • (We ought to render this issue purely theoretical.)

Examples with "Mute"

As an adjective, "mute" means "silent," "speechless," "refraining from speech," or "quiet."
  • Shocked to the core, he was now mute.
  • Bonzo looked at the diners from his basket with mute longing.
  • It was an eerily mute village.
  • The letter P is mute.
  • (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.
  • Press the mute.
  • It sounds awesome with the mute on.
As a verb, "mute" means "to deaden or to muffle the sound of" something.
  • The sodden bed of pine needles muted her footsteps as she approached the stag.
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