Definition of onus in English:

onus

Syllabification: o·nus
Pronunciation: /ˈōnəs
 
/

noun

(usually as the onus)
  • Used to refer to something that is one’s duty or responsibility: the onus is on you to show that you have suffered loss
    More example sentences
    • But it would also put the onus on the opposition parties to use their power responsibly.
    • So, the onus is on the parents to understand and handle their children effectively.
    • Remember the onus is on all residents to make the effort if they are unable just ask for assistance.
    Synonyms
    burden, responsibility, liability, obligation, duty, weight, load, charge, mantle, encumbrance; cross to bear, millstone round one's neck, albatross

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin, literally 'load or burden'.

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