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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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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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