face value

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

Nearby words

  1. face to face,
  2. face towel,
  3. face up,
  4. face up to,
  5. face validity,
  6. face with,
  7. face-ache,
  8. face-bow,
  9. face-centered,
  10. face-centred

Origin of face value

First recorded in 1875–80

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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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