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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Offi cers said they wanted to save the groom, bride and both families from losing face in front of the guests.
The Rev Alan Betteridge, president of the Baptist Peace Fellowship, said: "My worry is, how do the captors extricate themselves from this without losing face?
"When there is a risk of losing face (yours or theirs), the Chinese will often pretend to understand your meaning, when in fact, they do not fully understand.
Her parents have kicked her out in order to "save face." Wil wants to help, but coming out could mean losing face herself, so Wil keeps her mother in the dark, slighting Vivian in the process.
Fifteen years ago, the association world was asking, "What is this thing called the Internet?" Ten years ago, it was, "Do you have a Web site up and running?" Today, if you're not offering your members Web access with a host of services, you're not only behind the times--you're losing face and money.
"Culturally, the Chinese put a very high premium on not losing face," says Merrill Weingrod of China Strategies, a consulting firm in Providence, R.I.
Mr Blair, like any politician, is nervous about losing face and doing a U-turn.
LIVERPOOL must go through with world-class schemes like the Fourth Grace or Kings Dock or risk losing face.
President George (W.) Bush is afraid of losing face if he fails to attack Iraq,'' adding that protest was a peaceful action.
The traditional fear of losing face (shame) if a program does not succeed will make the task of program evaluation even more difficult.
The American administration must somehow extract itself from the Yugoslav crisis without losing face. The Kremlin can put pressure on Belgrade, trying to make the Yugoslav leadership more compliant, at least to the point where Clinton has something to present to public opinion in his own country.