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For other uses, see Stet (disambiguation).

Stet is a form of the Latin verb sto, stare, steti, statum,[1] 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",[2] derives from the active-voiced third-person subjunctive singular present and is typically translated as "Let it stand".[3]

Conventionally, the content that included the edit to be disregarded was underlined using dashes or dots and stet written and circled above or beside it.[3] Alternatively, a circled tick or checkmark could be placed beside the content in a margin.[4]

Stet is sometimes also used imperatively, as in, for example, "Stet that colon",[3] or, if left on a board that might otherwise be cleaned, "Do not erase".[citation needed]

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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).