benefit of the doubt

a favorable opinion or judgment adopted despite uncertainty.

1840–50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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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
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