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stet

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verb (used without object), stet·ted, stet·ting.
  1. let it stand (used imperatively as a direction on a printer's proof, manuscript, or the like, to retain material previously cancelled, usually accompanied by a row of dots under or beside the material).
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verb (used with object), stet·ted, stet·ting.
  1. to mark (a manuscript, printer's proof, etc.) with the word “stet” or with dots as a direction to let cancelled material remain.
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Origin of stet

1815–25; < Latin stēt, present subjunctive 3rd person singular of stāre to stand
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Historical Examples

  • Stet disappeared the way he had come in a high state of elation.

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  • Good as a play, declared Stet, as Frank went through the rigmarole.

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  • Its from Stet, said Frank, glancing at the enclosure, which interested him very much.

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  • Dale Wacker has been using them ever since he started in business, explained Stet.

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  • The old man had been well-thrashed by Stet and had fled to parts unknown.

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British Dictionary definitions for stet

stet

noun
  1. a word or mark indicating that certain deleted typeset or written matter is to be retainedCompare dele
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verb stets, stetting or stetted
  1. (tr) to mark (matter to be retained) with a stet
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Word Origin

Latin, literally: let it stand
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Word Origin and History for stet

direction to printer to disregard correction made to text, 1755, from Latin stet "let it stand," third person singular present subjunctive of stare "to stand, stand upright, be stiff," from PIE root *sta- "to stand, set down, make or be firm," with derivatives meaning "place or thing that is standing" (cf. Sanskrit tisthati "stands;" Avestan histaiti "to stand;" Persian -stan "country," literally "where one stands;" Greek histemi "put, place, cause to stand; weigh," stasis "a standing still," statos "placed," stater "a weight, coin," stylos "pillar;" Latin sistere "stand still, stop, make stand, place, produce in court," status "manner, position, condition, attitude," stare "to stand," statio "station, post;" Lithuanian stojus "place myself," statau "place;" Old Church Slavonic staja "place myself," stanu "position," staru "old," literally "long-standing;" Gothic standan, Old English standan "to stand," stede "place," steall "place where cattle are kept;" Old Norse steði "anvil," stallr "pedestal for idols, altar;" German Stall "stable;" Old Irish sessam "the act of standing"). Also see related words under assist.

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