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benefit of the doubt

noun
1.
a favorable opinion or judgment adopted despite uncertainty.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50
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  • Give them the benefit of the doubt- that they could, and probably do have emotion- even bugs.
  • As usual, academics are too willing to give their economic benefactors the benefit of the doubt.
  • If there is doubt then animals should be given the benefit of the doubt.
  • Give them the benefit of the doubt and let them prove or disprove their findings.
  • For that, the best policy for dealing with intelligent life is respect and the benefit of the doubt.
  • One day they might, but until then they probably deserve the benefit of the doubt.
  • Now many of them will no longer give him the benefit of the doubt.
  • The risk thinking therefore leaned towards giving the benefit of the doubt to the risk-takers.
  • It's as if you're putting the benefit of the doubt on the human being.
  • But in general its reputation has earned its senior figures the benefit of the doubt.

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