the benefit of the doubt

noun phrase

Definition of the benefit of the doubt

: 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.

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“The benefit of the doubt.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20benefit%20of%20the%20doubt. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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