on the face of it - definition in the American English Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “on the face of it”

See all translations

on the face of it

when first considered: The story seems simple on the face of it, but it’s really pretty complicated.
Translations of “on the face of it”
in Chinese (Traditional) 從表面看, 乍看起來…
in Chinese (Simplified) 从表面看, 乍看起来…
(Definition of on the face of it from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “on the face of it” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

lateral thinking

a way of solving a problem by thinking about it in a different and original way and not using traditional or expected methods

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

plyscraper noun

May 18, 2015
a skyscraper made mainly from wood The development of engineered timber could herald a new era of eco-friendly ‘plyscrapers’. Christchurch welcomed its first multistorey timber structure this year, there are plans for Vancouver, and the talk is China could follow

Read More