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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.

See: appearance, confront, endure, look, suffer, withstand
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Quoting an unnamed "independent political source", she said, "Nasrallah has presented a face-saving solution to various local parties, whereby all (parties) will emerge as winners by knowing the truth, bringing about justice and sparing the country the worst possibilities if Hizbullah is indicted.
The North needs a face-saving device for yet another action it needs to take -- asking Seoul to lift a ban it slapped on tourist visits when a North Korean guard shot to death a South Korean woman who strayed into an off-limit security area adjacent to the Mount Geumgang resort in 2008.
A senior diplomat familiar with the talks in Vienna told the Reuters news agency that the parties were considering a face-saving compromise drafted by the IAEA.
It's been a year when even Madge herself became used to the dispiriting sight of half-empty arenas, Neil Diamond got the face-saving, capacity-reducing curtain lowered and REM - let's face it - got their collective dignity well and truly pantsed by barely selling a quarter of their tickets for their Millennium Stadium show.
ENGLAND'S bid for defeat or a face-saving draw at The Oval is not expected to get off to the most magnificent of starts by the spread firms.
Was it coincidence that it was the same despicable day that Wolfowitz and The World Bank showed that face-saving was more important than sending a message that they were solidly anti-corruption?
That change would be far easier to achieve and more practical than Villaraigosa and city officials' face-saving call to change state law to require public hearings.
Psychiatrists recommend that clinicians attempt to phrase their discussion in a way that provides the patient with a way to concoct a face-saving explanation.
Leading Arab states urge Hamas to commit the next Palestinian government to an Arab peace initiative from 2002 as part of a face-saving solution to international pressures for the group's isolation.
Intended for future mediators, this textbook considers several major forces that direct conflict--namely power, face-saving, climate, and strategies/tactics--and suggests how to work with each of them to encourage productive conflict management.
What is the reason for the delay, apart from a preference for bureaucratic nonsense and face-saving over an incompetent ordering system that could cost hundreds of jobs currently fuelling a local economy, as well as the future ability of this country to build its own warships?
While there was almost unanimous support to ban reproductive cloning, a UN General Assembly committee, as predicted, opted to adopt a non-binding resolution introduced by Italy, as a face-saving compromise.