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moot

1. a discussion or debate of a hypothetical case or point, held as an academic activity
2. (in Anglo-Saxon England) an assembly, mainly in a shire or hundred, dealing with local legal and administrative affairs
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Valanzola that one of the goals he's been hoping to accomplish "is a moot point (and) it's a dead issue."
International exposure of the practice has resulted in the Chinese Health ministry setting up stricter transplant regulations, but whether this will result in more humane treatment of thousands of prisoners in detention camps is a moot point (National Post, Nov.
I do not think that everyone should be as old as I was, but unless we strengthen the domestic church, which is the family, the age of receiving Confirmation will remain a moot point. I am thrilled that God called me when he did.
Unfortunately, harsh reality has rendered the currently available low-speed EVs a moot point for the general public.
To argue that the people concerned gave permission is a moot point when consideration has not been given to an analysis of the power differentials.
But change is likely to be a moot point. Podhoretz shouldn't put too much stock in finding a candidate who is going to stand in front of the American people and say "I pledge to run the Global War on Terror the same way President Bush did." Voters may well want a candidate who's going to rely more on soft power and multilateral action and less on Cowboying Up.
Margaret Thatcher's policies may have engendered an anti-social attitude among some young people (though that in itself is a moot point) but a teacher's failure to control their pupils' behaviour in class is simply that - their failure.
The PGA's push to rein in producer credits seemed to reach its apex when "Crash" won best pie and Cathy Schulman and Paul Haggis walked away with the statuettes, rendering Bob Yari's lawsuit practically a moot point.
Permission Slips is not sanitized for one's emotional protection, like most novels about a ninth- grader lost in the chaos of high school are, and not intended expressly for young adults--which may be a moot point since far too many young people live in the world of meanness, uncontrolled sexuality, mindless conformity, and brutal demands to be cruel enough and dumb enough to fit in with the group.
What was once a decided bandwidth advantage for Fibre Channel has, with the advent of Gigabit Ethernet, become largely a moot point as very few applications require the incremental I/O performance advantage that Fibre Channel delivers.
With a computer-ownership level already at about 95 percent for incoming freshman, the administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that an official mandate requiring students to own a computer was a moot point, says Brian Rust, communications manager of the UW's division of information technology.
Webster's defines the word "recycle" as follows (by the way, I think that Webster's offers the cleares and most complete definition of the words we use today, so any argument as to the validity of the definition is a moot point):