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onus

[ oh-nuhs ]

noun

, plural o·nus·es.
  1. a difficult or disagreeable obligation, task, burden, etc.

    Synonyms: load, duty, weight, responsibility

  2. burden of proof. Compare onus probandi.
  3. blame or responsibility.


onus

/ ˈəʊnəs /

noun

  1. a responsibility, task, or burden


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Word History and Origins

Origin of onus1

1630–40; < Latin: load, burden

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Word History and Origins

Origin of onus1

C17: from Latin: burden

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Example Sentences

Now the onus could shift to Americans to claim the money on their tax refund — further delaying relief to struggling, lower-income Americans.

From Axios

The economic downturn is a real challenge, and puts the onus on us as a business to make sure we are as accessible to people as possible.

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While Felsen and other experts placed the majority of the onus for workplace safety on the employer, a top TOSHA official noted that the workers bore some responsibility too.

The lease-to-own arrangement put the onus on the city to handle repair costs that have skyrocketed while traditional leases leave those costs and responsibilities to landlords.

So the onus still falls on parents to decide how much information is right for their children.

However, Gold put the onus on herself and other more established women.

UNO puts such an onus on smoking students that it ultimately seems like a bully, even more than a nanny.

Asked about funding public libraries, Osborne put the onus of responsibility on local councils.

The onus is on one man to hold this wacky goulash of punditry together: Mike Tirico.

Trying to put the onus onto someone else for your own decisions is really cowardly and kind of dishonest.

On him, and on him alone, falls the crushing onus of responsibility: to be a Corps Commander is child's play in that comparison.

Nor is it enough that science can urge nothing in disproof—the onus probandi lies with those who affirm.

If the record were received generally by any nation, the onus probandi would in that case lie with those who impugned it.

Nullum detractavimus onus, quod sine scelere suspici posset.

Ueruntamen hoc onus humeris filii sui moriturus apposuit: qui cum deuota assercione, illud sibi suscepit.

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