Definitions for onusˈoʊ nəs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•nusˈoʊ nəs(n.)(pl.)o•nus•es.

  1. a difficult or disagreeable obligation or task.

  2. Ref: burden of proof.

  3. blame; responsibility.

Origin of onus:

1630–40; < L: load, burden

Princeton's WordNet

  1. burden, load, encumbrance, incumbrance, onus(noun)

    an onerous or difficult concern

    "the burden of responsibility"; "that's a load off my mind"


  1. onus(Noun)

    A legal obligation.

    The onus is on the landlord to make sure the walls are protected from mildew.

  2. onus(Noun)

    Burden of proof, onus probandi

    The onus is on those who disagree with my proposal to explain why.

  3. onus(Noun)


  4. onus(Noun)


  5. onus(Noun)

    Responsibility; burden.

  6. Origin: From onus.

Anagrams of onus

  1. nous

Translations for onus

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the responsibility

The onus is on him to prove his theory.

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