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MOOT

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Originally appearing in Volume V18, Page 813 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MOOT, a meeting or assembly, in O. Eng. mot, gemot, 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, &c., 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.
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