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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Preventing or intended to prevent the loss of one's dignity or self-esteem.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective allowing one to maintain one's dignity or prestige; designed to avoid admitting something embarrassing; ; -- of actions.

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  • adjective Alternative spelling of facesaving.

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

  • noun an act that avoids a loss of face (of dignity or prestige)
  • adjective maintaining dignity or prestige

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