I am looking for a word that replaces the phrase "as it is". Only a single word should be used to convey the complete meaning. Sample sentence: Don't touch the phone. Leave it as it is.

"As it is" as used with the meaning " actual state of things".

Thank you.

  • Please edit your question to follow the guidance for single-word requests.
    – tchrist
    Sep 14, 2016 at 23:30
  • I edited the question and now it contains a sample sentence. Sep 14, 2016 at 23:47
  • Thank you. Reöpened. But there are a lot of possible one-word answers, none of which seem particularly unobvious nor especially helpful to future visitors, including be and thus and there and so.
    – tchrist
    Sep 14, 2016 at 23:57
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    In some contexts you could say alone. "Leave (the thing) alone".
    – Jim Mack
    Sep 14, 2016 at 23:58
  • @JimMack Alone works perfectly in the OP's example and yours. Sep 15, 2016 at 0:15

2 Answers 2



as in

Leave it be.

Being is the state of existing without a more interesting quality (such as changing). Leaving it to be is leaving it as it currently is.

  • Didn't The Beatles do a song called Leave It Be? (-:
    – Jim Mack
    Sep 15, 2016 at 17:45

Stet. Found this as an answer to a trivia question.

  • It's a term used in marking up printing but not really used outside of that. Dec 15, 2020 at 6:59
  • Stet is an instruction, it does not describe the current position.
    – Chenmunka
    Dec 16, 2020 at 16:05

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