[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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Examples from the Web for face value
Let us, for argument's sake, take the comparison at face-value and examine its message and veracity.Obama: More Nixon Than Carter
September 25, 2010
The desires are not to be taken at their face-value, but are to be weighed and compared.
Double their face-value, and then I'll hand them over to anybody.The Slave of the Mine
He was an expert accountant, and you can take figures upon their face-value.The Second Fiddle
It insists on taking conjunctions at their ‘face-value,’ just as they come.Essays in Radical Empiricism
It is still current at face-value, especially in Germanic lands.Sketch of a New Esthetic of Music
- 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
see at face value.
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