Definition of face value noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


face value

BrE BrE//ˌfeɪs ˈvæljuː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌfeɪs ˈvæljuː//
[uncountable, singular]
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  • the value of a stamp, coin, ticket, etc. that is shown on the front of it Tickets were changing hands at three times their face value.
  • Idioms
    take something at face value
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    to believe that something is what it appears to be, without questioning it Taken at face value, the figures look very encouraging. You shouldn't take anything she says at face value.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: face value