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

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give someone the benefit of the doubt

to ​decide that you will ​believe someone, ​even though you are not ​sure that what the ​person is saying is ​true: She said she was late because her ​flight was ​canceled, and we gave her the ​benefit of the ​doubt.
(Definition of give someone the benefit of the doubt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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