from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The value printed or written on the face, as of a bill or bond.
  • n. Apparent significance or value: took their compliments at face value.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The amount or value listed on a bill, note, stamp, etc.; the stated value or amount.
  • n. No more or less than what is stated; a literal or direct meaning or interpretation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the value written on a financial instrument; same as face{13}. Also used metaphorically, to mean apparent value.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The value expressed on the face, as of a note.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the value of a security that is set by the company issuing it; unrelated to market value
  • n. the apparent worth as opposed to the real worth


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