What Does Onerous Mean?


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Onerous means cumbersome or burdensome. It is something or someone who is not easily borne. It is closely associated with some kind of task that is not only exhausting but also unprofitable. It is almost always used with some kind of negative connotation. Some examples include 'It was altogether a rather pleasant day since my duties weren't onerous, all I had to do was welcome the house guests and show them to their rooms before dinner' or ' The accountant was faced with the onerous task of preparing the famous actors income tax returns'.

Onerous property is a commonly used business term. It means unsaleable property or some form of unprofitable contracts. Generally this kind of property is a 'white elephant' that is a continuous liability.

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