Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(beyond) reasonable doubt

reasonable doubtbeyond reasonable doubt
1) uncertainty for which there is a good reason
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    • prove something beyond reasonable doubt
  • Analysis
    This is most commonly used as a legal term, in a courtroom setting. A jury is expected to find the defendant not guilty if there is reasonable (logical or rational) doubt based on the evidence provided and the arguments made. If something is 'beyond reasonable doubt' there is virtually no doubt about it - no other conclusion can be drawn from the facts, except that the person in question committed the crime. This is a formal phrase generally only used in a courtroom or in legal discussions.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. The evidence presented here in court proves beyond any reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty of murder.
    2. After hearing all the facts, I think there's enough reasonable doubt to believe Mary when she says she didn't steal the money. 
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