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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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Sullivan landed on his feet and saved face somewhat by luring Alex McLeish to Blues.
Continued coverage of the second day of the Fifth Test at the SCG in Sydney, a ground where England saved face four years ago, claiming the final match of the series to avoid a whitewash.
In reply to the Aussies' 381 Pakistan, who have not beaten Australia in a Test since December 1995, crumbled and only a fifth wicket stand of 48 between Younis (42) and Abdu Razzaq (21) saved face.