Definition of on the face of it in US English:

on the face of it

phrase

  • Without knowing all of the relevant facts; at first glance.

    ‘on the face of it, these improvements look to be insignificant’
    • ‘However, on the face of it, I thought probation might be appropriate.’
    • ‘You may suspect something's terribly wrong here and, on the face of it, you would be right.’
    • ‘I know nothing of the court case in question but, on the face of it, this seems a very reasonable position.’
    • ‘So although on the face of it, I felt like I was back to normal, it seems I wasn't quite ready for staying up late.’
    • ‘I have had a look at that, and I think the reason is apparent on the face of it.’
    • ‘Like peace before the storm, Sunday was marked by total inaction at least on the face of it.’
    • ‘The occasion, on the face of it, was certainly not a happy one but the approach to it was so simple that it became a beautiful one.’
    • ‘And I think that we found that they are not as dissimilar as they seem on the face of it.’
    • ‘That, on the face of it, was a decision on the facts and on the background evidence before the adjudicator.’
    • ‘Consumers, on the face of it, will be offered an attractive deal.’
    ostensibly, to the casual eye, at face value, to all appearances, from appearances, to go by appearances, to judge by appearances, to all intents and purposes, at first glance, on the surface, superficially
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