Onus



[oh-nuh s] /ˈoʊ nəs/

noun, plural onuses.
1.
a difficult or disagreeable obligation, task, burden, etc.
2.
burden of proof.
Compare .
3.
blame or responsibility.
[oh-noo s proh-bahn-dee; English oh-nuh s proh-ban-dahy, -dee] /ˈoʊ nʊs proʊˈbɑn di; English ˈoʊ nəs proʊˈbæn daɪ, -di/
noun, Latin.
1.
the burden of proof.
/ˈəʊnəs/
noun (pl) onuses
1.
a responsibility, task, or burden
/ˈəʊnəs prəʊˈbændɪ/
noun
1.
(law) the Latin phrase for burden of proof
n.

1640s, from Latin onus “load, burden,” figuratively “tax, expense; trouble, difficulty,” from PIE *en-es- “burden” (cf. Sanskrit anah “cart, wagon”). Hence legal Latin onus probandi (1722), literally “burden of proving.”

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