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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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These bullies, these extremists howling for murder in the name of their religion, must be faced down.
In recent months, U'wa council leaders faced down Occidental Petroleum's chairman amid warnings that the whole tribe would walk off a cliff if Oxy drilled on U'wa sacred lands in Colombia.
Kennedy, faced down Soviet missiles to save American civilization.