burden of proof

noun
1.
Chiefly Law. the obligation to offer evidence that the court or jury could reasonably believe, in support of a contention, failing which the case will be lost.
2.
the obligation to establish a contention as fact by evoking evidence of its probable truth.

Origin:
1585–95

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burden of proof
 
n
law the obligation, in criminal cases resting initially on the prosecution, to provide evidence that will convince the court or jury of the truth of one's contention

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burden of proof

Obligation of proving a disputed charge or allegation. For example, Are you sure you mailed the tax return on time? The burden of proof's on you. A legal term dating from the late 1500s, it has also been used more loosely in recent times.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
The burden of proof is on the student to prove authorship.
Originally, the burden of proof was on physicists to prove that time travel was
  possible.
The burden of proof lies with the traveler to prove that they are in fact who
  they say they are.
If you propose a theory or hypothesis, the burden of proof falls on you, not
  the other way around.
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