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Your intuition regarding the two expressions is roughly correct. There is no definition of "mute" that isn't in some way related to silence or speechlessness. Confusion may arise from "moot", however, as the American and British usage of the adjective differs. The American "moot" indicates that something has no practical significance. This is more or less ...


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Phrase "rendered moot," idiom: At some point, this whole debate may be rendered moot. (ODO, moot, adj, 2 - open 'More example sentences') Phrase "rendered mute," literal/ metaphorical. Some are deprived of the ability to reason and some made blind and others rendered mute. When Jesus had cast out the demon, the mute man spoke. The crowd ...



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