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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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Some pulled faces, some posed formally - but all were snapped against a plain backdrop, a decision the photographers made to avoid the stereotypes that arise when people are pictured in urban environments.
A political row developed over the weekend after Conservative MP Paul Maynard, who has cerebral palsy, said a group of Labour politicians pulled faces, made gestures and laughed as he spoke in a debate in October.
Two pairs of leaders, who traditionally have pulled faces at each other, have now been caught smiling for the camera.
The Radio 2 DJ pulled faces as he laughed and joked at a bash for 200 guests, including ex-wife Billie Piper, in Portugal.