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To give someone the benefit of the doubt is to default to the belief that their intentions are honest, and not assume malice when there is uncertainty or doubt surrounding the circumstances.
John didn't pay me back the $20 he owes me, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt that he simply forgot and isn't trying to rip me off.
by Thremtopod May 10, 2016
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When giving someone the benefit of the doubt, you are believing what they say and taking their word because you, yourself, have some doubt about what happened.
Guy: nothing happened, i swear!
Girl: well i'll give you the benefit of the doubt since i have no idea what happened.
by c.katie29 January 31, 2010
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The resulting behavior after drinking a 12 pack or equivalant of alcohol.
Kevin gave the girl at the bar tonight the benefit of the doubt.

Kevin gave the pedestrians on his way home the benefit of the doubt. Some of them made it, some of them didn't.
by mszombiedater January 17, 2010
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