What does onus mean?

Definitions for onusˈoʊ nəs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word onus.

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.

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  5. onus(Noun)

    Responsibility; burden.

  6. Origin: From onus.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Onus

    ō′nus, n. burden: responsibility.—Onus probandī, the burden of proving. [L. onus, burden.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of onus in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of onus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Antoni Kapcia:

    That potentially shifts the onus onto the Cuban government if they can't expand internet access, they may have lost that bit of an alibi.

  2. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker:

    And part of doing this is put the onus on employers, getting them E-Verify and tools to do that. But I don't think you do it through amnesty.

  3. Hassan Bouhadi:

    Though the freeze did help us to protect the assets of Libyan people, we're not managing these investments ... we have cash sitting there, the onus is on us really to manage it effectively.

  4. Iran Clinton:

    Getting the rest of the way to a final deal by June won't be easy, but it is absolutely crucial. I know well that the devil is always in the details in this kind of negotiation, the onus is on Iran and the bar must be set high. It can never be permitted to acquire a nuclear weapon.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    It has been a fashion in every generation since time immemorial amongst the people to enjoy own life like anything till their old age and then stand up on a public stage to address the rally and say merely for applause that the onus for a better future of good days depends on the present youth.

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