burden-proof

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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