face value

[feys val-yoo for 1; feys val-yoo for 2]


the value printed on the face of a stock, bond, or other financial instrument or document.
apparent value: Do not accept promises at face value.

Origin of face value

First recorded in 1875–80
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Contemporary Examples of face value

  • Let us, for argument's sake, take the comparison at face-value and examine its message and veracity.

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    Obama: More Nixon Than Carter

    Melik Kaylan

    September 25, 2010

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British Dictionary definitions for face value

face value


the value written or stamped on the face of a commercial paper or coin
apparent worth or value, as opposed to real worth
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Idioms and Phrases with face value

face value

see at face value.

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