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1) n. any profit or acquired right or privilege, primarily through a contract. 2) in worker's compensation the term "benefit" is the insurance payment resulting from a fatal accident on the job, while "compensation" is for injury without death. 3) in income taxation, anything that brings economic gain. 4) "fringe benefits" are rights from employment other than salary or wages, including health or disability insurance. 5) v. to gain a benefit. (See: contract)

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BENEFIT. This word is used in the same sense as gain (q. v.) and profits. (q. v.) 20 Toull. n. 199.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Says Larry Elliott, director of the NIOSH Office of Compensation Analysis and Support, "We give the benefit of the doubt to the claimant, using science to the fullest extent possible in doing so."
Had he got within a head or maybe even a neck, he would have been a shoo-in to get the race, but as the gap was three-quarters of a length, the panel were always likely to give the benefit of the doubt to the winner.
We were to give the benefit of the doubt only to those seen as horny-handed sons of toil."
On a ball that lands so close to the line that you can't tell if it was in or out, you've got to give the benefit of the doubt to your opponent and play the shot.