Rational Doubt Law and Legal Definition

Rational doubt refers to a doubt based on reasonable inference. A rational doubt comes into existence for a specific reason. A person having reasonable doubt has some specific justification to suspect that the belief is wrong. This reason implies an avenue of investigation which will destroy the targeted belief, or destroy the doubt.

The term rational doubt is defined as “a doubt based on reasonable inferences such as are ordinarily drawn by ordinary men in the light of their experiences in ordinary life”. [White v. State, 18 Ga. App. 214, 215 (Ga. Ct. App. 1916)]