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Face

The external appearance or surface of anything; that which is readily observable by a spectator. The words contained in a document in their plain or obvious meaning without regard to external evidence or facts.

The term is applied most frequently in business law to mean the apparent meaning of a contract, paper, bill, bond, record, or other such legal document. A document might appear to be valid on its face, but circumstances may modify or explain it, and its meaning or validity can be altered.

See: appearance, confront, endure, look, suffer, withstand
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Bill also did not understand how people in collectivistic society feel when they lose face and the consequence of showing anger on group harmony and the development of pakikisama.
Never allow a team member to lose face for an error or off-the-wall opinion.
Whichever side backs down now will lose face, making compromise improbable.
It seems that there is an impasse as The Philippines is also calling for an agreement to allow multiple carriers to service Singaporean routes and both sides, note observers, are not wishing to lose face through compromise.
Otherwise you might lose face and violate the employees' rights.
It is an obvious propaganda stunt, but in order not to lose face completely, the politicians will have to "bless" the cultural world with considerable amounts of money.
If directness causes someone to lose face and makes them feel like their feelings are not valued, they may not forget or forgive.
But understands it because he's a 15-year-old boy and he doesn't want to lose face.
IT is reported that, last year, Indian Government Cabinet members informed our Government that they did not need aid from Britain, which was ignored in order not to lose face.
But he appeared unconcerned and said: "For me, this whole commission thing is a nonsense, a charade not to lose face.