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Difference Between Moot and Mute

Main Difference

The difference between Moot and Mute is that Moot is expressed as a debatable term, whereas Mute is expressed as without speech and discussion.

Moot vs. Mute

Moot is originated from old English, and mute is originated from old English and old Latin. Moot is taken as the meaning of assembly and meeting with regarding their origin. Mute is taken as the meaning of muffle with regarding their origin. Moot is assumed as an adjective while concerning its origin; on the other hand, mute is assumed as a noun while concerning its origin.

Moot rhymes with the word suit and boot. Mute rhymes with the word cute. The word moot is pronounced as /muːt/. The word mute is pronounced as /mjuːt/.

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Moot is used to describing something arguable and debatable. Mute is used to describe something incapable of speech.

Moot is something uncertain, having doubt and hesitant; on the flip side, mute is related to the person that is unable to make sound and incapable of speech. Moot comes under the meaning of disputable, issue able, and doubted, whereas mute comes under the meaning of speechless, tongue-tied, and voiceless. Moot is rather related to pessimistic conceptualization; on the other hand, mute is rather related to optimistic conceptualization.

Comparison Chart

MootMute
Uncertain behavior is mootRefraining of speech is mute
Function
AdjectiveVerb
Term
PessimisticOptimistic
Rhymes
BootCute

What is Moot?

Moot is a term which often confused with mute. Moot has four-letter with doubling of the alphabet “o.” it is mostly used as an adjective, but it is also working like a noun and a verb as well. As a noun, it is a hypothetical case that is argued as a practice by law students.

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In American, English moot is taken as an irrelevant and pointless term. The word moot also works as an adjective. It pertains to something debatable, having no practical value and importance. It also comes under the meaning of uncertainty and disputable. So, it is defined as a pessimistic term. It could be said as a moot point. It rhymes with the suit. It is also used to describe the insignificance of something given.

Moot as a verb comes under the meaning of raise for discussion. It also means to bring someone forward for a discussion point of view. In which an activity is performed for the sake of sharing ideas in the form of debate. Moot is related to words like debated, uncertain, shaky, problematic, disagree, refutable, contradicted, deviate, controversial, and diverge. The opposite words which are used for moot are undesirable, question-less, incontestable, optimist, certain, and inarguable.

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Examples

  • Your concerns have shown as moot because I already made my mind.
  • It is a moot point whether hen or egg came first.
  • “It is a moot point whether taxation help or hurts our economic growth scheme.”

What is Mute?

The word ‘mute’ means to express something without speech. The word mute has four letters, varying the alphabet structure with the mute. It is mostly used as a verb, but it can also work as a noun and adjective as well. It could not be said as a ‘mute point.’ Mute as a noun it is taken as a person who is incapable of speech. It is often confused with the word ‘moot’ because of the same sound structure.

As a noun, it is also mentioned as a musical instrument that is used to soften the sound of other instruments. As this example shows, “He was practicing on his trumpet early in the morning when the mute dropped, and he woke everybody up.” Mute, as an adjective, shows the meaning of refraining of speech. With regarding this speech, mute is taken as a person who does not speak and become speechless temporarily. It can also come under the meaning of speech silence and lack of speech or sound.

Mute as a verb refrain the meaning of muffle the sound. It is used to describe the act of silencing and to stop the noise. Most of the time, it is taken as a transitive verb. The word mute is also used as a verb to freeze the situation. It refers to a person that is unable to make a sound. Mute is related to words like stifle, incoherent, garbled, disjointed closed mouth, laconic, inarticulate, moaning, and voiceless. The opposite words for mute are communicative, chatty, quieter, gabby, and vocal.

Examples

  • Jack was mute after hearing the sad news of his failure.
  • The victim was mute during the whole investigation.
  • Ben was mute when his teacher called him on stage.
  • Jill muted the sound of the television.

Key Differences

  1. Moot is originated from Old English, whereas mute is originated from Old French and Latin.
  2. Moot commonly works as an adjective; on the other hand, mute is commonly working as a verb.
  3. Moot rhymes with root; on the contrast, mute is rhyming with cute.
  4. Moot is related to the word ventilate; on the other hand, mute is related to the word tacit-um and reserved.
  5. The pronunciation of the word moot is /muːt/; on the contrary, the pronunciation of the word mute is /mjuːt/.
  6. Moot demands human resources, but mute demands softness of behavior, having a lack of workforce.
  7. Moot is taken as a pessimistic term; on the flip side, mute is taken as an optimistic term.
  8. Moot is used to showing strength, while mute is used to show weakness.

Conclusion

Moot and mute are two words often misused with each other. As from the above discourse, we can differentiate between these two words very easily. Both words have different meanings, contexts, functions, and usage. We can see that it is always a moot point, not a moot point.

Aimie Carlson

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