[ stet ]
/ stɛt /
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verb (used without object), stet·ted, stet·ting.

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).

verb (used with object), stet·ted, stet·ting.

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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British Dictionary definitions for stet

/ (stɛt) /


a word or mark indicating that certain deleted typeset or written matter is to be retainedCompare dele

verb stets, stetting or stetted

(tr) to mark (matter to be retained) with a stet

Word Origin for stet

Latin, literally: let it stand
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