American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A difficult or disagreeable responsibility or necessity; a burden or obligation.
- n. A stigma.
- n. Blame.
- n. The burden of proof: The onus was on the defense attorney.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A burden: often used for onus probandi, ‘onus of proof.’
- n. A legal obligation.
- n. uncountable Burden of proof, onus probandi
- n. Stigma.
- n. Blame.
- n. Responsibility; burden.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A burden; an obligation.
- n. an onerous or difficult concern
- From Latin onus ("burden"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In this model, the onus is then on the author to make their work so compelling that the new reader can't wait to scour the used book market for other novels and will * have* to buy new.”
“Now the onus is now on each person to lead the transformation in our workplaces and communities.”
“The onus is still on the job seeker to network like mad, be at-the-ready for opportunities, and be the well packaged, articulate job candidate at all times.”
“Zandi said that given the dysfunction in Washington the "onus is on monetary policy.”
“They have played the most games of any team in the conference, so the onus is on them to have a strong finish.”
“Once we get there, I've always said the onus is on the backs after that.”
“But if it concerns them at all, then the onus is on them to explain how a completely free market could stop it.”
“But at the same time, the onus is on the U.S. to show that it has the will and means to protect its allies against aggression.”
“Whether or not Shawna was ever paid by FAIR to speak on its behalf makes little difference now, but the onus is certainly on FAIR to prove that Shawna and others like her do not speak for FAIR.”
““The onus is on the food processing industry to cut back on sodium in processed meats and cheese used to make pizza,” says Dr. Kevin Willis, a Canadian Stroke Network director and spokesman on the issue.”
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