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  1. reasonable doubtnoun

    A degree of uncertainty to which a reason can be assigned; in those jurisdictions influenced by English common law, the minimum degree of uncertainty required to acquit a defendant.


  1. Reasonable doubt

    Beyond a reasonable doubt is a legal standard of proof required to validate a criminal conviction in most adversarial legal systems. It is a higher standard of proof than the balance of probabilities (commonly used in civil matters) and is usually therefore reserved for criminal matters where what is at stake (e.g. someone's liberty) is considered more serious and therefore deserving of a higher threshold. The prosecution in criminal matters typically bears the burden of proof and is required to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. This means that in order for a defendant to be found guilty the case presented by the prosecution must be enough to remove any reasonable doubt in the mind of the jury that the defendant is guilty of the crime with which they are charged. The term "reasonable doubt" can be criticised for having a circular definition. Therefore, jurisdictions reliant on this standard of proof often rely on additional or supplemental measures, such as specific jury directions, which simplify or qualify what is meant by a "reasonable doubt" (see below for examples). The principle for the requirement that a criminal case to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt (as opposed to on the balance of probabilities) can be traced to Blackstone's formulation that "[i]t is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer", i.e. if there is any doubt that a person is guilty, it is better that they be acquitted than to risk an innocent person being convicted.


  1. Reasonable Doubt

    Reasonable Doubt is the debut album of American rapper Jay-Z, released on June 25, 1996, by Roc-A-Fella Records and Priority Records. It features production by DJ Premier, Ski, Knobody and Clark Kent, and guest appearances from Memphis Bleek, Mary J. Blige, and The Notorious B.I.G., among others. Reasonable Doubt features Mafioso rap themes and gritty lyrics about the "hustler" lifestyle and material obsessions. The album peaked at number 23 on the US Billboard 200, on which it charted for 18 weeks. It was promoted with four singles, including the Hot 100-charting "Ain't No Nigga" and "Can't Knock the Hustle". Reasonable Doubt has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and, as of 2006, has sold 1.5 million copies in the United States. Well received by critics upon its release, the album has since been heralded by music writers as Jay-Z's "crowning achievement", "a seminal work" and an "undisputed classic". It appears on numerous best album lists by music publications, including The Source, Blender, and Rolling Stone, which ranked it number 248 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reasonable doubt in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reasonable doubt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of reasonable doubt in a Sentence

  1. Kym Worthy:

    Like any other case, we charge cases that we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt, we do not charge cases that we can not prove beyond a reasonable doubt, so we are confident in all charges that we have meted out today.

  2. Angie Genade:

    Many poachers and traders of illegal rhino horn have escaped conviction due to a lack of evidence that the courts would accept as beyond reasonable doubt, microchips help in creating the necessary evidence chain in a timely way as you just need to scan the chip to get an immediate result.

  3. Steve Romines:

    If Derrick Johnson have a self-defense claim over a death, Derrick Johnson still get indicted. Derrick Johnson present that to a jury, they decide if there's a reasonable doubt of Derrick Johnson guilt, police are the only people that just get declared justified without having to present it to a jury.

  4. Randy Zelin:

    That’s almost built-in reasonable doubt.

  5. Bret Walker:

    You have to destroy the alibi, otherwise there is a reasonable doubt.

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    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
    • A. occlusive
    • B. ultimo
    • C. contiguous
    • D. adscripted

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