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stet

[stet] /stɛt/
verb (used without object), stetted, stetting.
1.
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), stetted, stetting.
2.
to mark (a manuscript, printer's proof, etc.) with the word “stet” or with dots as a direction to let cancelled material remain.
Origin of stet
1815-1825
1815-25; < Latin stēt, present subjunctive 3rd person singular of stāre to stand
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  • When stet's eye tufts met across his nose, he was downright ugly, she realized.

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  • Good as a play, declared stet, as Frank went through the rigmarole.

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  • Sooner or later, she would have to face stet, but she wanted to put it off as long as possible.

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  • stet disappeared the way he had come in a high state of elation.

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  • He had just finished cutting a weeks supply of kindling wood in the wood shed, when stet popped into view over the back fence.

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  • Dale Wacker has been using them ever since he started in business, explained stet.

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  • Ive been doing nothing else, answered stet, putting on a serious, careworn look.

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  • Frank was surprised that stet should mention the very place he had most in his mind.

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  • You were going to give me my regular ten days vacation next week, you know, continued stet to Darry.

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  • The old man had been well-thrashed by stet and had fled to parts unknown.

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British Dictionary definitions for stet

stet

/stɛt/
noun
1.
a word or mark indicating that certain deleted typeset or written matter is to be retained Compare dele
verb stets, stetting, stetted
2.
(transitive) to mark (matter to be retained) with a stet
Word Origin
Latin, literally: let it stand
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Word Origin and History for stet

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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