benefit of the doubt

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benefit of the doubt

  1. A favorable judgement given in the absence of full evidence.
  2. (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.

Usage notes[edit]

Almost always used with the verb "give" as in "to give someone the benefit of the doubt".


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