dan l'kaf zechus

Alternative Spellings

dan l'chaf zchut, dan l'chaf zchus, dan l'kaf zchut, dan l'kaf zechut, dan l'chaf zechut

Definitions

  • give the benefit of the doubt

Example Sentences

  • "He didn't seem very nice, but I tried to be dan l'kaf zechus."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

Heb דן לכף זכות 'judge favorably', Yiddish דן זײַן לכּף־זכות dan zayn lekáf-skhús 'to defend, judge favorably'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

generally used as a periphrastic verb (with "to be"), as in the Yiddish phrase above

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