face value


: the value indicated on the face (as of a postage stamp or a stock certificate)
: the apparent value or significance
if their remarks may be taken at face value

Examples of face value in a Sentence

We paid $100 for tickets that had a face value of $50.
Recent Examples on the Web The bonds, introduced in the 1920s, were issued at an amount less than face value and would either mature on a specific date or at the bondholder's death. Kelly Phillips Erb, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 That’s the sweet spot for settlement: The new buyer will usually accept far less than the debt’s face value. Emma Goldberg, New York Times, 10 Feb. 2024 Before On Location became a factor, ticket brokers sometimes sold Super Bowl seats for just a few hundred dollars over face value, and some were arranging flights and hotels for fans to attend. Graham Kates, CBS News, 10 Feb. 2024 The 49ers invited all staff to accompany them, with a pair of complimentary tickets for each and a chance to buy others at the $2,400 face value; no paper tickets, this year, by the way. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 5 Feb. 2024 On face value, Ferrera's involvement seems like an unusual move for someone who felt so disconnected from Barbie dolls in her formative years. Alicia Vrajlal, refinery29.com, 30 June 2023 Fans pay a set amount for season tickets, but there’s variable pricing within that, so the in-demand game against San Francisco will have a face value significantly higher than, say, the home game against the Browns. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2023 There are some tickets being resold on sites including StubHub and eBay, but expect to pay much more than face value. 5. Miami Staff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 The bill would allow concert and event tickets to be resold at no more than face value, plus fees applied by a third-party service used to resell the tickets. Katie Shepherd, Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of face value was in 1851

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Cite this Entry

“Face value.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/face%20value. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

face value

: the value indicated on the face of something (as a coin, bill, bond, or insurance policy)
: the apparent worth or significance
can't take what he says at face value

Legal Definition

face value

: the value indicated on the face of something (as a stock certificate)

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