face value


Definition of face value

1 : the value indicated on the face (as of a postage stamp or a stock certificate)
2 : 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 There are good reasons why this splashy transfer shouldn’t necessarily be taken at face value. Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune, 22 Sep. 2022 Investors doubt Sri Lanka will be able to make the July payment, with the bond trading well below face value at $0.54 to the dollar on Thursday. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 9 Apr. 2022 Costello and O’Neil then provided the tickets to Lee, their middleman, who sold them on StubHub at prices below face value, the charges alleged. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, 15 Feb. 2022 As was the case for that game, tickets for fans wishing to attend will still be below face value, in particular on the secondary market. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 22 Sep. 2021 Had those now unsold tickets been acquired by ticket sellers, fans would have had the opportunity to purchase tickets below face value because the prices for this event exceeded the demand. Eric Fuller, Forbes, 15 June 2021 At face value, the answer for who can stay fully remote is straightforward. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 12 Sep. 2022 At face value, the Red Sox signing Kiké Hernández to a one-year contract extension worth $10 million is not cause for big celebration. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Sep. 2022 That warning should be taken at face value as a sign that the community is hostile towards the activists, said Mary Corporon, who represents Picklesimer. Leto Sapunar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of face value

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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27 Sep 2022

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“Face value.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/face%20value. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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