What does on the face of it mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. apparently, seemingly, ostensibly, on the face of it(adverb)

    from appearances alone

    "irrigation often produces bumper crops from apparently desert land"; "the child is seemingly healthy but the doctor is concerned"; "had been ostensibly frank as to his purpose while really concealing it"-Thomas Hardy; "on the face of it the problem seems minor"


  1. on the face of it(Adverb)

    Apparently; as far as can be seen or determined.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of on the face of it in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of on the face of it in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Riyad Capital:

    On the face of it, the market seems to have discounted 2015 pain in stock prices.

  2. Michael Noonan:

    I don't see the basis for a solution emerging yet, many of the proposals that are emanating are, on the face of it, technically impossible.

  3. Police Chief Charlie Beck:

    I think that this is an awful tragedy, but the officers took -- on the face of it -- reasonable steps to avoid it. Had the individual not grabbed the officer's pistol, certainly we would not be having this discussion.

  4. The IEA:

    On the face of it, the oil price appears to be stabilising. What a precarious balance it is, however, behind the façade of stability, the rebalancing triggered by the price collapse has yet to run its course, and it might be overly optimistic to expect it to proceed smoothly.

  5. Phil Flynn:

    On the face of it, this executive order should have been bullish if anything to oil, if it impedes oil moving of Venezuela in any way, but Venezuela is such a basket case that people tend to worry about so many other things concerning that country, and that's possibly what caused the market to go down.

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