face-saving definition

  • adjective:
    • alternate spelling of facesaving.
    • permitting one to keep one's self-esteem or prestige; built to avoid admitting anything embarrassing; ; -- of activities.
    • keeping self-esteem or status
    • alternate spelling of facesaving.
    • allowing anyone to maintain one's dignity or status; built to prevent admitting one thing embarrassing; ; -- of actions.
    • maintaining self-esteem or prestige
  • noun:
    • an act that avoids a loss of face (of dignity or prestige)
    • an act that avoids a loss of face (of self-esteem or status)

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