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    the benefit of

    "If he's good to you and shows no signs of dishonesty, than I'd give him the benefit of the doubt." What does a speaker want to say by ''give the benefit of the doubt"?

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    Re: the benefit of

    'Put your trust in him.'

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    Re: the benefit of

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'Put your trust in him.'

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    I think it is more along the lines of: There may be some doubt in your mind, or in the minds of others, of his honesty. However, if you have no proof at all of his dishonesty, then let him benefit from the assumption that your doubts are unfounded,

    The idea perhaps stems from the obligation of a jury not to find someone guilty of a crime unless they are convinced beyond all reasonable doubt of his guilt. If there is any doubt at all that the accused committed the crime, no matter how convinced you might feel personally that he did it, you must give him the benefit of the doubt and find him not guilty.

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    Re: the benefit of

    Hi Ostap77,

    to give someone the benefit of the doubt = 1. to regard someone as innocent until proven otherwise; lean toward a favorable view of someone

    If any of the material fats of the case are at variance with the probability of guilt, it will be the duty of you gentlemen to give the defendant the benefit of the doubt raised. (Th. Dreiser, “An American Tragedy”|)

    to give someone the benefit of the doubt = 2. to dispel the doubt; to take someone in his words; put trust in him

    When I tried to tell her just how I myself regarded her friend, she checked me with an Episcopal gesture “We have to give people the benefit of the doubt”. ()P. H. Johnson, “An Avenue of Stone”)

    I’ve been talking to Mrs. Smith. She thinks we ought to give the Minister the benefit of the doubt. (Gr. Greene, “The Comedians”)

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