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Latin. On the face of it; evidently. This is said of what appears from the face of a writing. For example, a deed may be invalid or null on many grounds, such as fraud, that the person granting it was not in sound mind, &c.; but these do not appear from a mere perusal of the deed ; whereas a deed which does not contain the names and designations of the witnesses, or of the writer of it, is ex facie null, these being essentials to the validity of the deed, and their want showing its invalidity, without any enquiry whatever.

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