get the benefit of the doubt

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get the benefit of the doubt

To be viewed in a favorable or neutral way when all information is not yet available, rather than being judged or criticized preemptively. You're my sister! Can't I get the benefit of the doubt, instead of you believing the worst about me? OK, you've got the benefit of the doubt, since we know there's probably a good explanation for all this.
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