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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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  • As risks go, this one might not be as risky as it seems at face value.
  • Without looking farther, the physicians had let that section go at its face value.
  • The factor of two is well motivated, discarding it at face value as reasoning towards the result is empty rhetoric.
  • Let's take at face value the idea that a bubble has formed.
  • Nevertheless, if this evidence is taken at face value, it leaves us with a significant conceptual dilemma.
  • Harmless notes, at face value, but they harbored a secret menace.
  • There were also plenty of observers prepared to accept the automaton at face value as a genuine thinking machine.
  • If one takes some posts at face value, graduate studies in education is no more difficult than reading tea leaves.
  • Although not many people see it beyond face value of unexcusable thuggery.
  • The comment that diffraction was not understood is valid, if it can be taken at face value.
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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face value

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