Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Troublesome or oppressive; burdensome. See Synonyms at burdensome.
  • adj. Law Entailing obligations that exceed advantages.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. imposing or constituting a physical, mental, or figurative load which can be borne only with effort.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Burdensome; oppressive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Burdensome; oppressive.
  • In Scots law, imposing a burden in return for an advantage; being for a consideration: as, an onerous contract: opposed to gratuitous.
  • Synonyms 1. Heavy, weighty, toilsome.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not easily borne; wearing

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French onereus, from Latin onerōsus, from onus, oner-, burden.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin onerosus ("burdensome"), from onus ("load").

Examples

  • Internet broadcasters have been subject to what they call onerous rates since a ruling by the Copyright Royalty Board in June of 2007.

    Debate Over Royalty Rates Nears Resolution

  • Icelandic citizens have balked at what they describe as the onerous terms of the current agreement, which would see every household have to contribute around €45,000 of the sum, worth around 40 percent of Iceland's GDP.

    EUobserver.com - Headline News

  • The company has also taken a £50m hit on what it called onerous sports rights contracts.

    This is Money | Home

  • However, the number of reports required and monthly quotas and taxes remain onerous in a country where most people have no car or telephone.

    Cuba's Raul Castro sets up framework for jobs market, small-business sector

  • And yet when she or rather Peterson hired accountants to estimate their total tax level - a burden she characterizes as onerous - she placed them in eight different cities with "top-notch public school districts."

    Richard (RJ) Eskow: A Quarter Of A Million Little Pieces: Pete Peterson & the Washington Post Have a New Fiscal James Frey

  • Through providing a billing and provisioning platform, resellers can offer customers a fully scalable range of IT services such as hosted virtual desktops, exchange and communications, VoIP, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), virtual server infrastructure and cloud storage on a 'pay monthly' basis without long term onerous contracts, he said.

    ARN News

  • Rep. Darrell Issa asks businesses to name onerous government regulations

    latimes.com - News

  • "It's not easy to pass all the barriers," he said, referring to the onerous criteria a candidate must meet to contest the presidency.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • New House oversight chairman asks businesses to name onerous government regulations

    latimes.com - News

  • Others simply point to the arcane paperwork involved in getting permits at City Hall or what many describe as onerous taxes on businesses.

    The Seattle Times

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.