[ stet ]
/ stɛt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. steroids,
  2. sterol,
  3. stertor,
  4. stertorous,
  5. stertorously,
  6. stethalgia,
  7. stetho-,
  8. stethogoniometer,
  9. stethometer,
  10. stethometric

Origin of stet

1815–25; < Latin stēt, present subjunctive 3rd person singular of stāre to stand Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for stetted


/ (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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Word Origin and History for stetted


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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