I am writing a paper and I need to use the \not command on \sigma which stands for a order relation on a set. The issue is that the line over the sigma symbol is rendered poorly, is there any way I am not aware of so that the exact symbol I need is displayed correctly?

  • Please add a minimal working example (MWE) that illustrates your problem. You can draw it in detexify for both checking the symbol and also having a snapshot of what you wanted to post here.
    – percusse
    Nov 10, 2012 at 15:25
  • Crossing out a letter is IMHO a very ugly thing to do.
    – yo'
    Nov 10, 2012 at 15:30
  • @tohecz it's how my professor "named" the order relation, there isn't any I can do about it.
    – haunted85
    Nov 10, 2012 at 15:35
  • @percusse tried to edit the post, but the site throws me back a server error, but I'll keep in mind for next questions I might ask, thank you.
    – haunted85
    Nov 10, 2012 at 15:36
  • Related: The line produced by \not looks bad on wider symbols
    – Werner
    Nov 10, 2012 at 15:55

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You can use centernot:

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\usepackage{centernot}% http://ctan.org/pkg/centernot
$\not\sigma\ \centernot\sigma$

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