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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.
Origin of face value
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for face value
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  • This was entirely plausible and his hearers, The Hopper noted with relief, accepted it at face value.

    A Reversible Santa Claus Meredith Nicholson
  • In November, 1791, the assignats were worth 52 per cent of their face value.

    The Paper Moneys of Europe Francis W. Hirst
  • These notes were not always taken at their face value, especially when they were found any distance from their place of issue.

  • At the face value of the paper, or at the price for which it had been purchased?

    Union and Democracy Allen Johnson
  • Wolf did not look for coherence from her, and took the two statements on their face value.

    The Beloved Woman Kathleen Norris
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

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