give smb the benefit of the doubt

give smb the benefit of the doubt
believe someone is innocent rather than guilty when you are not sure

I gave him the benefit of the doubt but I still think that he is a liar.

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  • benefit — I n. 1) to derive, get, reap (a) benefit from 2) a death; fringe; sickness (BE); tax benefit 3) to be of benefit to 4) for smb. s benefit 5) (misc.) to give smb. the benefit of the doubt; without benefit of clergy II v. (D; intr.) to benefit from …   Combinatory dictionary

  • doubt — I n. 1) to raise (a) doubt (her proposal raised serious doubts in my mind) 2) to cast doubt on 3) to feel doubt; to entertain, harbor doubts about 4) to express, voice (a) doubt 5) to dispel, resolve a doubt 6) a deep, serious, strong; gnawing;… …   Combinatory dictionary

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