Chiefly Law. the obligation to offer evidence that the court or jury could reasonably believe, in support of a contention, failing which the case will be lost.
the obligation to establish a contention as fact by evoking evidence of its probable truth.
(law) the obligation, in criminal cases resting initially on the prosecution, to provide evidence that will convince the court or jury of the truth of one’s contention
Obligation of proving a disputed charge or allegation. For example, Are you sure you mailed the tax return on time? The burden of proof’s on you. A legal term dating from the late 1500s, it has also been used more loosely in recent times.
(of a vessel) required to yield to a vessel having the right of way. Compare privileged (def 5). that which is carried; load: a horse’s burden of rider and pack. that which is borne with difficulty; obligation; onus: the burden of leadership. Nautical. the weight of a ship’s cargo. the carrying capacity of a ship. […]
oppressively heavy; onerous. distressing; troublesome. Nautical. having a full hull form, as a merchant vessel built for capacity rather than speed. Contemporary Examples Do We Really Trust Government Bureaucracy to Handle Immigration Reform? David Frum April 25, 2013 Rand Paul and the Certification Racket Russell Saunders August 10, 2014 Are Prisons Bleeding Us Dry? Sheila […]
noun (vet science) a surgical instrument used to castrate animals
n. Historical Examples Begumbagh George Manville Fenn More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II Charles Darwin The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Thomas Clarkson A Little Norsk; Or, Ol’ Pap’s Flaxen Hamlin Garland Harper’s Round Table, October 1, 1895 Various Fragments of science, V. 1-2 John Tyndall Pike & Cutlass George […]