Stet is an obelism, used by proofreaders and editors to instruct the typesetter or writer to disregard a change the editor or proofreader had previously marked. It is a form of the Latin verb sto, stare, steti, statum. 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" or "As you were".
Conventionally, the content that included the edit to be disregarded was underlined using dashes or dots with a blue pencil and stet written and circled above or beside it. Alternatively, a circled tick or checkmark could be placed beside the content in a margin.
Stet is sometimes also used imperatively, as in, for example:
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- The dictionary definition of stet at Wiktionary