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burden of proof

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.
the obligation to establish a contention as fact by evoking evidence of its probable truth.
Origin of burden of proof
1585-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for burden of proof
  • 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.
  • The burden of proof is on the one presenting the argument.
  • The burden of proof needs to be on those making the charge of lowering others' productivity.
  • But in a world market that's in a period of radical change, the burden of proof ought to be on those who fear monopolies.
  • The burden of proof rests, in any event, with those who would urge war.
  • Leaving aside the relatively high burden of proof, the complaint subtracts energy from the actual effort of competing.
  • The reason is that they maintain an unrealistically high burden of proof.
British Dictionary definitions for burden of proof

burden of proof

(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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Idioms and Phrases with burden of proof

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.
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