the benefit of the doubt

noun phrase

: the state of accepting something/someone as honest or deserving of trust even though there are doubts
He might be lying, but we have to give him the benefit of the doubt and accept what he says for now.

Examples of the benefit of the doubt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the moment, the market continues to give Musk the benefit of the doubt—at least until Tesla publishes its Q1 production, deliveries, and earnings in April. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 23 Mar. 2024 Employees can feel when they’re being heard, understood and given the benefit of the doubt. Kelly Hopping, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 Bell, for his part, also gave him the benefit of the doubt. Emily Longeretta, Variety, 13 Mar. 2024 The rules have been altered to really give the benefit of the doubt to the offensive player. Khobi Price, Orange County Register, 27 Jan. 2024 Until then, Butler has earned the benefit of the doubt after basically turning into Michael Jordan during multiple playoff runs with the Heat. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 27 Jan. 2024 John Hunter wants jurors to give Howerton the benefit of the doubt. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, 20 Jan. 2024 After giving him four years worth of the benefit of the doubt, NHTSA is at long last calling the bluff. Ed Niedermeyer, Rolling Stone, 17 Dec. 2023 What to do when data and anecdotes disagree Another way Bezos has avoided having unproductive meetings, where workers don’t feel trusted to share their opinions, is by giving their ideas the benefit of the doubt, even if the data isn’t there yet. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 19 Dec. 2023

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“The benefit of the doubt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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