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1no object, in imperative Let it stand (used as an instruction on a printed proof to indicate that a marked alteration should be ignored).
- ‘I am discreetly edited out; and there is no one to write, stet!’
- 1.1with object Write the instruction ‘stet’ against (a marked alteration on a printed proof) to indicate that the alteration should be ignored.
- ‘The school's hard-nosed rector had to clear the script beforehand, but he censored only obscenities, stetting even the most merciless satirical slices.’
- ‘She'll probably stet or otherwise reject all those changes.’
An instruction to ignore a marked alteration on a printed proof.
Latin, ‘let it stand’, from stare ‘to stand’.
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