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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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Brad confessed because the investigator offered him face-saving options.
If they were able to bring themselves to do that, it would go a very long way to making people say these people are, in fact, serious, they are not merely concerned about face-saving.
By the time Lyndon Johnson was president, both sides managed to create a face-saving measure by allowing harmless inspection tours of the facility.
In what appears to be a face-saving decision, Staunton told the family Lyndsey would regain her eligibility only if they disassembled the two beds in the Westlake Village home.
Senior Saudi adviser Hassan Yassin suggested that Saddam should be offered a face-saving solution and given immunity from prosecution to go into "internal exile".
THE relieved look of chairman Peter Ridsdale when Robbie Keane scored Leeds' face-saving second goal of the night to seal United's heart-stopping passage through to the third round of the Uefa Cup said it all.
Using TPIs during the surrender process provides a frequently needed face-saving device for subjects to maintain their dignity.
COM will re-launch its popular, face-saving Last Minute Gift Collection featuring a variety of floral and non-floral gifts.
This offers a face-saving solution for all parties, but especially for DIKO as it would allow it to back the foreclosures bill which it had stridently opposed.
Portugal 3 A'baijan 0 SUBSTITUTE Silvestre Varela needed just 82 seconds to fire Portugal on the way to a face-saving World Cup win over Azerbaijan in Braga.
He added both Kashmir and Afghanistan are very important for the United States as Pakistan can play a leading role in providing face-saving to the Americans in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, New South Wales recorded a face-saving 28-16 victory over Queensland to avert a first series clean sweep in 14 years.