Face

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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
References in classic literature ?
He then held a position at the gate for some time, daring the enemy to come out- side, but the enemy only made faces at him through the window and declined.
He danced round and round her and made faces and sang and laughed.
The more I made faces and gestures to him to do it, the more confidential, argumentative, and polite, he persisted in being to Me.