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Stet \Stet\ (st[e^]t), L., subj. 3d pers. sing. of stare to stand, remain. [See Stand.] (Print.) Let it stand; -- a word used by proof readers to signify that something once erased, or marked for omission, is to remain.


Stet \Stet\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stetted; p. pr. & vb. n. Stetting.] (Print.) To cause or direct to remain after having been marked for omission; to mark with the word stet, or with a series of dots below or beside the matter; as, the proof reader stetted a deled footnote.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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" (cognates: 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;" 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 "a stable;" Old Irish sessam "the act of standing").


n. (non-gloss: A symbol used by proofreaders and typesetters to indicate that a word or phrase that was crossed out should still remain.) vb. The act of marking previously edited material "stet" to indicate that something previously marked for change should remain as is.

  1. v. printing: cancel, as of a correction or deletion

  2. printing: direct that a matter marked for omission or correction is to be retained (used in the imperative)

  3. [also: stetting, stetted]


is a form of the Latin verbsto, stare, steti, statum, originally used by proofreaders and editors to instruct the typesetter or writer to disregard a change the editor or proofreader had previously marked. This usage of the verb, known as the "jussive subjunctive", derives from the active-voiced third-person subjunctive singular present and is typically translated as "Let it stand".

Conventionally, the content that included the edit to be disregarded was underlined using dashes or dots and written and circled above or beside it. Alternatively, a circled tick or checkmark could be placed beside the content in a margin.

is sometimes also used imperatively, as in, for example, "Stet that colon", or, if left on a board that might otherwise be cleaned, "Do not erase".

Stet (novel)

Stet is a novel by the American author James Chapman; it was published by Fugue State Press in 2006.

Stet (software)

stet is a free software package for gathering comments about a text document via a webpage. The initial version was developed from late 2005 until mid-2006 by the Software Freedom Law Center as a service to its client, the Free Software Foundation (FSF). The software was built to facilitate public consultation during the Version 3 draft process of the GNU General Public License.

STET (fanzine)

STET is a science fiction fanzine, which has been published intermittently from Wheeling, Illinois by the married couple Leah and Dick Smith since the early 1990s. It was nominated for the Hugo Award in 1993, 1994 and 2001.

Notable for the mimeograph reproduction and long lettercol of most issues, STET achieved its highest acclaim for the 2000 issue, a parody of The Old Farmer's Almanac full of extensive reference material on science fiction fandom.

The fanzine was named partly because Leah Zeldes Smith, a journalist, author and editor by trade, had an abiding acquaintance with the proofreader's term stet; partly in affectionate tribute to historic, typographically titled fanzines such as Hyphen and Slant; and partly in punning reference to the GeSTETner machines most issues were printed on.

STET (text editor)

The STET text editor (the 'STructured Editing Tool') may have been the first folding editor; its first version was written in 1977 by Mike Cowlishaw. The editor runs on the IBM VM/CMS operating system.

STET was written to explore an approach to text editing that followed the principles of Structured programming. It allows programs and documentation to be written 'top-down', with blocks of code or text kept to a limited size (usually less than a page).

This was "a first attempt to take the structure out of the domain of languages, and into the domain of editors. In addition to conventional editing facilities, STET gives the user a third dimension: a tree structure that may be traversed using Program Function Keys much as scrolling is normally implemented"

Stet (disambiguation)

Stet is a Latin word (meaning "let it stand") used in proofreading to indicate that a previously marked change is to be ignored.

Stet may also refer to:

  • Stet (novel), a 2006 novel by American author James Chapman
  • Stet (software), a public document commenting software known for facilitating the drafting of the GNU GPLv3
  • STET (text editor), a pioneering folding text editor by Mike Cowlishaw
  • STET (fanzine), a science-fiction fanzine published by Leah and Dick Smith
  • Securities turnover excise tax, a small tax on every stock, swap, derivative, or other trade on financial markets
  • STET Homeland Security Services, a security consultancy firm based in Singapore
  • STET – Società Finanziaria TelefonicaS.p.A., Italian telecommunications company, today merged with Telecom Italia
  • Stet, Missouri, United States, an unincorporated community on the Ray/Carroll County line
  • STET buffer, a mixture of NaCl, Tris buffer, EDTA and Triton X-100 used in molecular biology
  • Stet docket, a legal disposition available in some jurisdictions whereby prosecution agrees to pause their pursuit of a case indefinitely

Usage examples of "stet".

Unwetters rasch eine Ernte zu bergen, so sind sie stets an der Spitze.

Er sprach wieder, und seine Stimme stet zu halten, war schwerer, als am Rande eines Abgrundes entlangzugehen.

If we are in similar enough modes--like the truck is doing roads and not water or something else--my program will take his image and stet it, to keep the VR speeds up.

Gedanken stets den Stempel des Zeitalters tragen, in dem er lebte und wirkte.

Eine unzweifelhaft sehr richtige Taktik, die auch die Gegner alles Neuen bisher stets angewandt haben, wodurch sie es fertig brachten, selbst die absurdesten Vorurtheile lange Zeit aufrecht zu erhalten.

Und so noch viele andere Vortheile, die aus der Gemeinwirthschaft entspringen, stets Kosten ersparen und die Produkte verbessern.

Politiker, mit ihren Versuchen, wie die Pestalozzi und Owen und andere politische Halsbrecher, stets von der Charybdis in die Skilla.

Der Kampf gegen diese Ordnung geht stets von Unten aus, und aus diesem Kampf, der selbst wieder auf der Entwicklung der sozialen und materiellen Lebensbedingungen der Masse beruht, entsteht der gesellschaftliche Fortschritt.

Verschwinden aller Risikos und die Beseitigung des Aergernisses, von dem, wie Fourier behauptet, sie stets umgeben sein sollen, zu erwarten haben.

Zahl derselben stets, die bekannte Todschweigungstaktik gegen ihn zu beobachten.

So ist Besitzschaft eines ihrer Kinder und hat sich stets durch die Linie der Frau fortgeerbt.

Schale frische Milch hingestellt hat und von allem das Beste, habe ich ihr die Probe stets erspart.

Er konnte den Studenten gar nicht leiden und brummte stets, wenn er ihn die komischen Bilder ausschneiden sah.

Ich bin der Geist der stets verneint I am the spirit that always denies.

Sein eigenes Fortbewegungsmittel war stets die U-Bahn gewesen, allgemein zugänglich, anonym und billig.