Definition of face value in English:

face value


  • 1The value printed or depicted on a coin, banknote, postage stamp, ticket, etc., especially when less than the actual value.

    ‘touts offer tickets priced at many times their face value’
    [count noun] ‘the coins are traded for the metal they contain, rather than their face values’
    • ‘That represents a booking fee of a staggering 91% of the face value of the ticket.’
    • ‘These coins have a face value, but the actual value is the price of gold.’
    • ‘No one was allowed to ask for or pay more than the face value of a coin in exchange for a new quarter.’
    • ‘Money forgers usually gain only the face value of the banknotes they have forged.’
    • ‘The rules have stated that only the nominal face value of shares needs to be disclosed, but that rarely bears any relation to the actual value.’
    • ‘In this game kings, queens and jacks are worth half a point each, and the numeral cards are worth their face value.’
    • ‘The rest of the cards are worth their face value in points.’
    • ‘The ticket refund covers the face value of tickets purchased for race day.’
    • ‘By the end of the year, its market value had fallen to 66 percent of its face value.’
    • ‘Some of the countries have also introduced commemorative coins with the face value of 10 Euro.’
    • ‘Among them were a gold coin with the face value of 6,000 baht and a silver coin with a face value of 600 baht.’
    • ‘I know some jurisdictions don't even allow you to sell your tickets at or below face value.’
    • ‘So far, that set has lured bids of up to four times the face value of the coins.’
    • ‘The buyer pays the full face value for each bond then earns interest on top of their investment.’
    • ‘If you buy a ticket as part of a package you should be told the face value of the ticket.’
    • ‘One of the coins in the set was a 2 ore coin with the face value of about 9 satang.’
    • ‘The actual redemption rate will be a function of the face value of the coupon relative to the price of the brand, as well as the expiration period.’
    • ‘A Seattle ordinance forbids the resale of tickets in the city for more than their face value.’
    • ‘Token money (such as banknotes) has an intrinsic value less than its face value.’
    • ‘The vouchers may or may not have a fixed face value or be tradable between citizens.’
    1. 1.1The apparent worth or implication of something.
      ‘her lie was unconvincing, but he took it at face value’
      • ‘The company concluded that investors are no longer prepared to accept the word of corporate executives simply at face value.’
      • ‘At face value, the changes suggested appear to be well-intentioned, but flawed.’
      • ‘Nor can the surviving pieces of evidence of past happenings be taken at face value.’
      • ‘Now take it at face value, and that's halving the unemployment rate in this country.’
      • ‘We accept this promise at face value because, well, who doesn't want a better life?’
      • ‘The images become politically charged; take on meaning beyond their face value.’
      • ‘For the moment, it seems reasonable to accept these comments at face value.’
      • ‘Even if taken at face value, what is to be gained by this decentralisation?’
      • ‘Well, Kimbro and others insist that we should embrace that saying at face value.’
      • ‘I take people at face value, weigh them by their worth, and where they come from doesn't matter to me.’
      • ‘His comments would be less likely to be taken at face value if your readers were made aware of this important fact.’
      price, asking price, market price, selling price, fee, tariff, fare, toll, levy, charge, hire charge, rental
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