benefit of the doubt
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- A favorable judgement given in the absence of full evidence.
- (cricket) The principle employed by umpires in cases of uncertainty concerning a batsman possibly being out, in which the decision must be in the batsman's favour.
Almost always used with the verb "give" as in "to give someone the benefit of the doubt".
a favorable judgement given in the absence of full evidence