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For other uses, see Stet (disambiguation).

Stet is a form of the Latin verb sto, stare[1] used by proofreaders and editors to instruct the typesetter or writer to disregard a change the editor or proofreader had previously marked. This usage comes from the third person singular form, present tense, active voice, subjunctive mood of the verb. This usage, called the jussive subjunctive,[2] is typically translated as, "let it stand."[3]

This convention is usually marked by writing and circling the word stet above or beside the unwanted edit and underlining the selection with dashes or dots.[3] Alternatively, a circled tick may be used in the margin.[4]

In connection with this usage, stet is also sometimes used as a verb, e.g., "Stet that colon."[3]

It has also been used on the blackboard in school rooms to mean "do not erase this work".

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  3. ^ a b c stet. Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. 1 October 2007.
  4. ^ British Standards Institution. Copy preparation and proof correction. Specification for typographic requirements, marks for copy preparation and proof correction, proofing procedure. BS 5261-2:2005.