face value

[ feys val-yoo for 1; feys val-yoo for 2 ]
/ ˈfeɪs ˌvæl yu for 1; ˈfeɪs ˈvæl yu for 2 /

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for face value

face value


noun

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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