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.
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How to use face value in a sentence
Maybe it was the lifelong oh-so-mistaken tendency to take him at face value, to see just his exterior gawk and the commonplace physique, the failure to divine his internals.Tom Brady still has the itch, and it’s taken him places no football player has been | Sally Jenkins | February 8, 2021 | Washington Post
Evidently, we should not take Facebook’s commitment to stop hate at face value.Facebook's "Oversight Board" Is a Sham. The Answer to the Capitol Riot Is Regulating Social Media | Maria Ressa | January 28, 2021 | Time
If you take the rates at face value, you’d expect one once every 50 years or so.Astronomers have traced mysterious radio waves to a source in our own galaxy | Charlie Wood | November 4, 2020 | Popular-Science
I think fans and people outside the industry took the press release at face value but people inside the industry heard pretty quickly what had really happened.Former Avalon singer on coming out, getting ousted and where he is today | Joey DiGuglielmo | October 20, 2020 | Washington Blade
So even if we take links at face value, they’re pretty deeply entwined with brand.
Essentially, we are being left in a position where we are expected to just take agency promises at face value.
As a journalist, I knew not to accept anything on the Internet at face value.
Coined “obscenity regulations,” on face value they appear to ban material that “depicts or describes sexual misconduct.”
Their collective face value: trillions of whatever currency you choose.Vatican Hustle: Con Men No Longer Welcome in the Holy See | Tom Kington | March 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But let's put partisan spin aside and accept Christie's contrite denials of personal knowledge at face value.Why 'Bridgegate' Will Make or Break Chris Christie | John Avlon | January 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was young, he was good looking, he had the education and appearance of a gentleman, and people accepted him at his face value.The Everlasting Arms | Joseph Hocking
Becoming possessed of a note of Maxime de Trailles in 1833, he succeeded by Scapinal tactics in obtaining face value of the paper.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
They have taken me at my face value—face without moustache and kindred make-up.My Wonderful Visit | Charlie Chaplin
Under no circumstances will stamps be sold for less than their face value.History of the Postage Stamps of the United States of America | John Kerr Tiffany
This was entirely plausible and his hearers, The Hopper noted with relief, accepted it at face value.A Reversible Santa Claus | Meredith Nicholson
British Dictionary definitions for 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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Other Idioms and Phrases with face value
see at face value.
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