Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    That which appears on a document, pleading, writ or other paper.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The face of an instrument is that which is shown by the mere language employed, without any explanation, modification or addition from extrinsic facts or evidence. Thus, lf the express terms of the paper disclose a fatal legal defect, it is said to be "void on its face." Regarded as an evidence of debt, the face of an instrument is the principal sum which it expresses to be due or payable, without any additions in the way of interest or costs. Thus, the expression "the face of a judgment" means the sum for which the judgment was rendered, excluding the interest accrued thereon. 6sgood v. Bringolf, 32 Iowa, 265.