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MOOT, a meeting or assembly, in O. Eng. mot, gemdt, a word of which " to meet " is a derivative. " Moot " or its alternative form " mote " is the common term for the assemblies of the people of the hundred, burgh, etc., in the history of early English institutions, and especially for the national assembly or council, the Witenagemot. The name survives in " moot hall," the term still given to town-halls and council buildings in some towns in England, as at Aldeburgh. From its meaning of assembly, the word was applied to a debate or discussion, especially of the discussion of a hypothetical case by law students at the Inns of Court. These moots are still carried on at Gray's Inn. As an adjective, " moot " means doubtful, undecided.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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