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

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"give sb the benefit of the doubt" in British English

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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)