What Does Onus Mean?


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The term onus is a noun which is used to describe a burden or obligation. That is, a responsibility or necessity which is difficult or disagreeable. An onus could also mean a stigma. It is sometimes used as a synonym for the word blame. It is typically used to mean 'the burden of proof'; as in 'The onus now fell on the victim's mother'. It is a Latin term, which means "burden".

It refers to an onerous or difficult concern. The term onus is a literary as well as a legal term. Synonyms for the term onus include the words burden, load, encumbrance and incumbrance.

A related term is onus probandi, a Latin term meaning 'burden of proof'. 'Burden of proof' in the common law, is the obligation that one has to prove allegations presented in a legal action.

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