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The meaning of "give the benefit of the doubt"

" Give the benefit of the doubt "
Decide to believe a statement which isn't proven.
He says he used to run the 100 yards in 10 seconds. I'm not sure but he looks pretty fit so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.
Where did it originate?:
Britain, 15th century.
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