moot

When a point is moot, it's too trivial to think about. If your basketball team loses by 40 points, the bad call by the official in the first quarter is moot: it isn't important.

Though moot can mean to debate endlessly without any clear decision or to think about something carefully, it most often describes ideas and arguments that don't really matter. If your plane is crashing, whether or not your socks match is a moot point. When someone accuses you of making a moot point, he's basically saying, "Come on! Let's talk about what's important." As with so many things, people don't always agree on what's moot and what's not.

Definitions of moot
1

adj of no legal significance (as having been previously decided)

Synonyms:
irrelevant
having no bearing on or connection with the subject at issue

adj open to argument or debate

“that is a moot question”
Synonyms:
arguable, debatable, disputable
controversial
marked by or capable of arousing controversy

v bring up a topic for discussion

Synonyms:
broach, initiate
Types:
address, cover, deal, handle, plow, treat
act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression
theologise, theologize
treat from a theological viewpoint or render theological in character
discourse, discuss, talk about
to consider or examine in speech or writing
Type of:
discuss, hash out, talk over
speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion

v think about carefully; weigh

Synonyms:
consider, debate, deliberate, turn over
consider, study
give careful consideration to
Types:
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see
deliberate or decide
premeditate
consider, ponder, or plan (an action) beforehand
debate
argue with one another
wrestle
engage in deep thought, consideration, or debate
think twice
consider and reconsider carefully
Type of:
discuss, hash out, talk over
speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion

n a hypothetical case that law students argue as an exercise

“he organized the weekly moot
Type of:
case, causa, cause, lawsuit, suit
a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy

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