benefit of the doubt


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benefit of the doubt

a judgment in one's favor when the evidence is neither for one nor against one. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) I was right between a B and an A. I got the benefit of the doubtan A. I thought I should have had the benefit of the doubt, but the judge made me pay a fine.
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benefit of the doubt

A favorable judgment granted in the absence of full evidence.
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Bush did the decent thing and acknowledged Kerry's well-deserved benefit of the doubt.
He said: "But maybe the top teams get a little bit of the benefit of the doubt in regards to how referees actually interpret things.
FALKIRK'S Portuguese striker Pedro Moutinho reckons referees are not giving him the benefit of the doubt because of his nationality.
I felt like by giving everyone the benefit of the doubt and not giving everyone the benefit of the doubt, by at least going to the source material, it was a good place to build.
No idea how the maths add up but, since I always like to give people the benefit of the doubt, I'm guessing it's 10 out of 10 for performance and the extra one because his sponge-pad coiffure gives the headboard a great polish.
High impact firms and those with a poor track record should not expect to receive the benefit of the doubt from me when the best approach to addressing a risk is a point of contention between us.
But the Premier also declared he thought the prince would be given the benefit of the doubt by a public conscious of his combat service and charity work.
The real message of zero tolerance harassment policies is that henceforth there's to be no benefit of the doubt given to debatable or borderline speech.
Dicks says: "You definitely get the benefit of the doubt from referees if you've got a Liverpool top on - there's no two ways about it.
The result: If you do not give Perry the benefit of the doubt, you may feel he wrote the book with less than admirable intentions.
Investors seem almost universally bullish on the Dow component, giving management the benefit of the doubt that it will successfully navigate what we see as a very challenging operating environment over the next few years.
Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry pressed the case on Sunday for completing nuclear diplomacy with Iran despite Israeli opposition, saying the United States deserves the benefit of the doubt on getting a deal that would prevent any need for military action to curb Tehran's atomic ambitions.
Indicating what he will say next Monday, Abbott said immigrants who might be a threat to Australia had been getting the benefit of the doubt for too long.
Jim Goodwin gave ref Alan Muir the benefit of the doubt.
Giving people the benefit of the doubt is a good habit, one that I need to practice More since it doesn't come naturally, and one that I have needed other people to extend to me on more than one occasion.