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be a moot point

To be a topic that can be questioned or debated. Whether or not he's the best person for the job is a moot point now that he's tenured.
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be a moot question

To be a topic that can be questioned or debated. Whether or not he's the best person for the job is a moot question now that he's tenured.
See also: moot, question

moot point

A debatable question, an issue open to argument; also, an irrelevant question, a matter of no importance. For example, Whether Shakespeare actually wrote the poem remains a moot point among critics, or It's a moot point whether the chicken or the egg came first. This term originated in British law where it described a point for discussion in a moot, or assembly, of law students. By the early 1700s it was being used more loosely in the present sense.
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be a moot ˈpoint/ˈquestion

be a subject that people disagree on or are uncertain about: It’s a moot point whether women or men make better drivers.A moot was a group of people who met to discuss questions of local or national law during the Anglo-Saxon period. A moot point was a question of law discussed at this meeting.
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The equitable mootness cases therefore do not themselves raise a strong challenge to the ability of a bankruptcy judge to preside over a government bankruptcy.
Starting with mootness, the court noted that Couey's registration had expired, and, even assuming that he were to re-register, whether there would be another measure for which he might want to volunteer was a matter of speculation.
75) See Jean Wegman Burns, Standing and Mootness in Class Actions:
concurring) ("If our mootness doctrine were forced upon us by the case or controversy requirement of Art.
Although standing focuses on the proper party to bring suit, the doctrines of ripeness and mootness determine when litigation can be brought.
discussing mootness, the absence of a concrete and ongoing conflict
of the practices settled, militates against a mootness conclusion.
22) Upon determining that mootness prevented it from reviewing the constitutionality of Camreta's actions, the Court explained that since mootness frustrated Camreta's ability to challenge the ruling, it would vacate that portion of the ruling and remand the case "for further proceedings consistent with th[e] opinion.
defended the judgment below, so there was no question of mootness.
We alluded earlier to the tact that J W Harris expressed concerns about the rigour of the mootness constraint but considered that it was an actual constraint based on his examination of judicial attitudes and practices.
Merry is of the view that there was very little practical chance that the economic circumstances of the newly acquired territories from Mexico and from the Oregon compromise would have lent themselves to the presence of slavery, but the mootness of the issue nevertheless didn't prevent super-heated controversy over whether Southerners would have a right to take their slaves there.
26) Order Regarding Defendants' Motion to Dismiss and Defendants' Motion to Dismiss or for Summary Judgment Based on Mootness, Beleno v.
14) Most importantly, state courts grounding their decisions in state law need not apply federal justiciability principles of standing, mootness, or ripeness, principles consistently employed to deny litigants access to the federal courts.
The courts often decline to hear cases, citing threshold issues such as standing, mootness, or the political nature of the questions before them (Adler and George 1996; Fisher 2005; Genovese 1980; Howell 2003; Koh 1990).