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Meaning of “give sb the benefit of the doubt” in the English Dictionary

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give sb the benefit of the doubt

to ​believe something good about someone, ​rather than something ​bad, when you have the ​possibility of doing either: I didn't ​know whether his ​story was ​true or not, but I ​decided to give him the benefit of the ​doubt.
(Definition of give sb the benefit of the doubt from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “give sb the benefit of the doubt”
in Chinese (Simplified) 往好处想(某人)…
in Turkish yanlış ve yalan olduğunun bilinmesine rağmen birinin söylediklerine inanmayı seçmek…
in Russian принимать на веру…
in Chinese (Traditional) 往好處想(某人)…
in Polish wierzyć komuś na słowo…
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