Definition of the benefit of the doubt in English:

the benefit of the doubt

phrase

  • A concession that a person or statement must be regarded as correct or justified, if the contrary has not been proven.

    ‘I'll give you the benefit of the doubt as to whether it was deliberate or not’
    • ‘I want to give him the benefit of the doubt and accept the fact that he really wants to be treated.’
    • ‘They are at the start of a long journey, and must be given the benefit of the doubt.’
    • ‘I believe in giving people the benefit of the doubt and in my view it has never been proved that Glyn did anything wrong.’
    • ‘Assume the best - unless you have evidence to the contrary, always give your partner the benefit of the doubt.’
    • ‘So when we were attacked, we were willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.’
    • ‘I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt and start afresh.’
    • ‘He's a pretty decent character so I will give him the benefit of the doubt.’
    • ‘But he said some young people should be given the benefit of the doubt.’
    • ‘I always give folks the benefit of the doubt, but when they have such a track record you have to have these things written into a contract.’
    • ‘It might be foolish of me, but I always give others the benefit of the doubt until it's proven otherwise.’
    • ‘The judge acquitted other members of her in-laws' family by giving them the benefit of the doubt.’
    • ‘I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that he was confused about how old he was.’
    • ‘I give him the benefit of the doubt since he is an attorney and not an economist or accountant.’
    • ‘All he needs now is for 75% of the policyholders to give him the benefit of the doubt.’
    • ‘In light of his past record, I am happily giving him the benefit of the doubt.’
    • ‘I know that there are a lot of obstacles in our way but shouldn't we get the benefit of the doubt?’
    • ‘The only thing I regret is having given him the benefit of the doubt, which he was later able to use against me.’
    • ‘I'll give her the benefit of the doubt and let her try again tomorrow.’
    • ‘I think in times like this, we do tend to give the government the benefit of the doubt.’
    • ‘They could have had very good reasons as why they weren't there and should be given the benefit of the doubt.’