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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The appeal panel will probably rule that the Taunton stewards did the right thing, because they properly gave the benefit of the doubt to the guilty party, not to the innocent one.
'Members of Congress are honorable people, so let's give them the benefit of the doubt. Any doubt on that, then I will suggest that you address your question to them,' he said.
'So, I am clear that Nigeria will never ever have the basis to give PDP the benefit of the doubt.'
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.
I'm inclined to give Armstrong the benefit of the doubt. These are without exception extraordinarily well-composed pictures endowed with a certain negative capability.
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.
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.
'PDP is just not an option; particularly when their candidate is not a new face; there is no basis for benefit of the doubt.
Benilde skipper Yankee Haruna signed a protest sheet which Blazers coach TY Tang said was simply 'for the benefit of the doubt.'
The court acquitted their five accomplices by giving them the benefit of the doubt.
However, his accomplices- Haroon and Faryad- were acquitted by giving them the benefit of the doubt.
Yes, it could be a foul but give the player the benefit of the doubt.
If it had been, I'm sure the last week or so would have seen a lot more talk on the subjects of 'double-movement' and 'benefit of the doubt'.
And the second one is, the benefit of the doubt should then go to the bowler.
Proverbs 4, 26 A kEEN sense of honour will always be too unselfish to give one's self the benefit of the doubt.