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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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The faced off against each other and the situation is reportedly intense in the area.
BOXING: Joe Calzaghe was told he "better be willing to die" by an intense Bernard Hopkins last night as the two fighters faced off in advance of their April 19 showdown in Las Vegas.
Foy, 50, an insurance business owner and farmer, faced off against Jim Dantona, 58, a political consultant, in the race for the seat vacated by 12- year incumbent Judy Mikels.