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a good value

1. Literally, that which has a high quality, quantity, or worth but is offered at a low or reasonable price; a bargain. $1.50 for a sirloin steak? What a good value!
2. An affable, charismatic, and/or entertaining person. Primarily heard in Australia. John's a good value, he's so much fun to have at parties.
See also: good, value

be taken at face value

To be accepted only based on the way someone or something appears or seems, without being verified or investigated first. It's important that the current period of economic growth is not taken at face value by the government, as there is still a tremendous amount of work that needs to be done. The best salespeople are the ones who are taken at face value by their customers.
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face value

The apparent or base value of something, assessed without further examination or consideration. Don't try to pick apart this movie for deeper meaning, just take it at face value. I made a mistake when I took my manipulative aunt's word at face value.
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at face value

1. Based on the way someone or something appears or seems, without being verified or investigated first. It's important that the current period of economic growth is not taken at face value by the government, as there is still a tremendous amount of work that needs to be done. You can't judge someone like Nicole at face value—she's actually much friendlier than she seems at first.
2. In exchange for the official price printed on a ticket (as opposed to a resale price determined by the seller). I'll even sell you the tickets at face value. Come on, that's a good deal! If we want to see The Rolling Stones, we need to get tickets at face value before they sell out—they'll be way too expensive once people start reselling them.
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take (someone or something) at face value

To accept that something or someone is as it seems based only on an initial or outward appearance, without further verifying or investigating. Why some people take what that pundit says at face value is beyond me. He clearly has an ulterior motive. You're right to be wary, but, in this case, I think we can take John at face value. He's just trying to help.
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value judgment

A judgment about someone or something based upon one's own personal beliefs, opinions, ideologies, etc., rather than objective facts or criteria. Their decision to fire him seems like a value judgment, as the manager has expressed in the past how he disliked Mike on a personal level. I implore you, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, not to make a value judgment when deciding my defendant's fate. You can't convict just because she disgusts you at a personal level—you have to decide whether she broke the law or not.
See also: judgment, value

at face value

from outward appearance; from what something first appears to be. (From the value printed on the "face" of a coin or bank note.) Don't just accept her offer at face value. Think of the implications. Joan tends to take people at face value and so she is always getting hurt.
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take someone or something at face value

to accept someone or something just as it appears; to believe that the way things appear is the way they really are. He means what he says. You have to take him at face value. I take everything he says at face value.
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take something at face value

to accept something exactly the way it appears to be. I don't know whether I can take her story at face value, but I will assume that she is not lying. The committee took the report at face value and approved the suggested changes.
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value someone or something above someone or something

to hold someone or something to be more important than someone or something. I value her above all things. He values his car above his family!
See also: above, value

value someone or something as something

to hold someone or something in esteem as something; to find someone or something to be as good as something. I value you as a close friend. I value this watch as a keepsake.
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value someone or something for something

to hold someone or something in esteem for a particular quality. I value him for his skill in negotiation. I value this car for its speed and dependability.
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value something at something

to consider something to be worth a certain amount. The museum curator valued the vase at one million dollars. I value this vase at one million dollars.
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at face value, take

Accept from its outward appearance, as in You can't always take a manufacturer's advertisements at face value; they're bound to exaggerate . Literally this idiom has referred to the monetary value printed on a bank note, stock certificate, bond, or other financial instrument since the 1870s. The figurative usage is from the late 1800s.
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at face value

1. If you take what someone says at face value, you accept it and believe it without thinking about it very much. Clients should know better than to take the advice of a salesman at face value. He can be a little too trusting at times and has a tendency to accept things at face value.
2. If you take someone at face value, you accept the impression that they give of themselves, even though this may be false. For a time I took him at face value. At that time, I had no reason to suspect him. She tends to accept people at face value. Note: The face value of a coin or banknote is the amount that is printed on it, although it may in fact be worth more or less than that amount, for example because it is very old.
See also: face, value

take somebody/something at face ˈvalue

accept that somebody/something is exactly as they/it first appears: You can’t take everything she says at face value.A diplomat learns not to take everything at face value.

a ˈvalue judgement

(especially British English) (American English usually a ˈvalue judgment) (disapproving) a judgement about something that is based on somebody’s personal opinion and not on facts: ‘She’s quite a good driver for a woman.’ ‘That’s a real value judgement. Women drive just as well as men.’He’s always making value judgements.
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7) The taxpayers' appraiser valued a 1% LP interest at $89,505, the Service's expert at $150,665.
The taxpayer in Custom Chrome argued that the warrants should be valued at exercise, when their value is certain.
This portion of your FPA is a strong selling point that positions your firm as a valued business adviser.
Factors that are considered in this determination include the degree of control represented by the amount of stock to be valued and the value of stock of companies engaged in the same (or similar) lines of business that do have a readily ascertainable value (those that are listed on a stock exchange).
The estate valued the voting and nonvoting common stock at $2,650 per share, resulting in $47,700 for the voting common stock and $10,446,427 for the nonvoting common stock.
Because centrally assessed property works as a unit across county lines, it is usually assessed on a unitary basis, with the entire business valued as an operating unit rather than as a collection of individual assets.
The FASB provides an example in which a loan payable is valued at the discounted amount of future cash flows.
This review provides a comprehensive analysis of more than 290 significant upstream transactions valued at $160 billion.
93-12(5) highlighted another contrast in the Federal estate and gift taxes--under certain circumstances, property (including closely held stock) is valued differently (and more favorably) for gift tax purposes than for estate tax purposes.
For gift, estate and generation-skipping tax purposes, transfers to trusts normally were valued using the "residual method," in which the transferred interest's value was the entire amount transferred minus the retained interests in the trust.
An asset or liability can be individually valued only by using a liquidation or replacement value approach.
Market quotations for mortgage-backed securities are used to value the mortgages that Freddie Mac hasn't sold, and debt securities also are valued by comparing them to similar securities.
In addition to calculating the modeled value of the parcel, WWW valued the 459 carats based on the price that a producer would receive in Antwerp at current diamond prices.
8) The IRS indicated in that ruling that it would no longer attribute to an individual family member shares held by other family members in determining whether the transferred shares should be valued as part of a controlling interest.
Before the TRA, sellers were hesitant to agree to a highly valued covenant because ordinary income tax rates were higher than capital gains rates.