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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.

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It is a temporary and face-saving win, but it shows a moral defeat for BJP.
But if Sunderland emerged with a face-saving point, it was the visitors who returned to Tyneside with a moral victory after playing for 65 minutes with a man down following Cheick Tiote's dismissal - the first for a Newcastle player in a competitive derby - for a foul on Steven Fletcher.
His comments are likely to dim Western diplomats' hopes that Moscow is trying to find a face-saving way to drop its support for Assad and accept that he should have no role in a power transition.
Batting first, Parkfield were in deep trouble when they were bowled out for a modest 136 and, but for a face-saving knock of 69 from their number four Kamran Hussain following his 100no on Saturday, their total would have rendered them beyond salvation.
Anthony Stokes grabbed two goals, before Charlie Mulgrew got a face-saving leveller for Celtic.
The object of the research is discourse fragments directed at communicants "face-saving" during the process of communication in the light of fiction literature.
MEPs had agreed that they would have to accept the 2.9%, but demanded face-saving concessions linked to long-term EU spending priorities - including swift talks on a direct tax on citizens to raise EU funds.
ENGLAND'S players will be reminded of the scare they endured in their last meeting with Papua New Guinea to ensure there will be no repeat in tomorrow's face-saving Four Nations clash at Eden Park.
A l e s a n a Tu i l a g i powered through for a face-saving winning try in the 77th minute to finally steer the Tigers to victory at the Stadio Comunale di Monigo.
Meanwhile, Sabine Oweis, editor of AN NAHAR's economic section, said that by accusing Israel of responsibility for Hariri's assassination, Nasrallah has offered a face-saving solution to all local factions for the crisis over the STL's impending indictment.
More plausible is a theory that it is a face-saving and/or bluffing prop for the North, which must have been humiliated when it did an about-face on declining the corn-aid offer.
Trailing by three points deep into injury time and staring humiliation in the face referee Huw Griffiths awarded the Blue and Blacks a face-saving penalty try much to the derision of the huge Bedlinog support in attendance.