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face value

Syllabification: face val·ue

Definition of face value in English:

noun

1The value printed or depicted on a coin, banknote, postage stamp, ticket, etc., especially when less than the actual or intrinsic value.
Example sentences
  • These coins have a face value, but the actual value is the price of gold.
  • Among them were a gold coin with the face value of 6,000 baht and a silver coin with a face value of 600 baht.
  • Money forgers usually gain only the face value of the banknotes they have forged.
1.1The superficial appearance or implication of something: she felt the lie was unconvincing, but he seemed to take it at face value
More example sentences
  • The images become politically charged; take on meaning beyond their face value.
  • I take people at face value, weigh them by their worth, and where they come from doesn't matter to me.
  • His comments would be less likely to be taken at face value if your readers were made aware of this important fact.

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