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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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These had obviously been overcome by gas or died from asphyxiation when thrown face downwards into the ground after being stunned by the explosion.
One shocked West Indian lay there on the ground, face downwards, and just wouldn't get up.
Special mention was made of the enhanced sound quality, because of the television's speakers that face downwards unlike other television brands that have their speakers at the back facing the wall.
The Victory 1 boat flipped after hitting a wave on the fifth lap and landed face downwards.
Overall marketing budgets face downwards pressure and investment decisions will have to be made.
Once a port of note and a ship-building centre of some renown, nowadays the place is largely dotted with minuscule rowing boats lapping up the sun, face downwards like lazy, encrusted turtles.
One trick to get a tree to look old is to wire its branches as in young trees the branches go upwards but in old tree the branches face downwards.