benefit of the doubt


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the benefit of the doubt

The withholding of judgment so as to retain a favorable or at least neutral opinion of someone or something when the full information about the subject is not yet available. You're my sister! Can't you give me the benefit of the doubt, instead of believing the worst about me? Let's give him the benefit of the doubt before we start accusing him. There may be a good explanation.
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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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But I have given him the benefit of the doubt now and accept he left me out of the squad for the right reasons.
2079 would also require the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims to enforce the rule that veterans are to be given the benefit of the doubt and would expand the jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit to allow it to consider a broader range of issues.
He was given the benefit of the doubt by the third umpire, but even the Australian opener believes it was time for more cameras to be used to stop similar controversies.
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.
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.
The court, however, acquitted the seven accused by giving them the benefit of the doubt.
Salonga on Thursday took to Twitter to thank De Leon for supposedly giving her the benefit of the doubt regarding her tweet last Saturday, which read: Okay lang sa akin ang kababawan, pero hanggang doon na lamang ba tayo?
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.
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.
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.
You wonder how some series were ever commissioned, but sometimes they need to be given time and the benefit of the doubt.
However, we have come to expect the spectacular from the little Argentinian, so I'm more than willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
After reading the main editorial in Saturday's The Western Mail, with which I totally agree, and as someone who did not vote for devolution I am moved to write just a few lines to say it is now quite clear why Tony Blair did not go for the fifth year, because it is now readily apparent that had he done so the nation (UK) would not have given him the benefit of the doubt as it did last May.