Definition of onus in English:


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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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The goalkeeper sometimes deserves credit, but the onus is really on the penalty-taker.’
    • ‘There's not much between the two teams, but perhaps the onus is more on us after our achievement in the last round.’
    • ‘She said that he could clear up the matter by releasing the necessary information and that the onus was on him to do so quickly.’
    • ‘There is no specific law to deal with this crime in India and the onus of proof often lies with the victim.’
    • ‘It should not be up to the women on this campus to take all of the onus of protecting ourselves from attack.’
    • ‘However, the onus is on their director to see the broader picture once in a while.’
    • ‘If an employee is unhappy about the way they are being treated at work the onus is on them to take action by applying for a tribunal.’
    • ‘Some argue that minimum wages constrain job creation by the onus they put on employers.’
    • ‘He said the use of retired teachers placed the onus on head teachers rigorously to check the quality of their work.’
    • ‘Hence the onus lies on the woman to do something, maybe look elsewhere or go home.’
    • ‘But if a home-owner kills a burglar the onus is on him to prove that his use of force was reasonable.’
    • ‘It is a question of judgment, and the onus is clearly on those who propose the limitation.’
    • ‘If it is successful, however, the onus for action will swing back to Unionism.’
    • ‘We have a duty to make sure that the roll is as accurate as possible, but the onus is on the elector to let us know.’
    • ‘Americans are used to generous company pensions, but the onus is switching to the individual.’
    • ‘He told us we had them worried and the onus was on them to change it, which would hopefully allow us more space at the other end.’
    • ‘The problem with Adam's proposal, I think, is that it puts the onus on a small circle of people.’
    burden, responsibility, liability, obligation, duty, weight, load, charge, mantle, encumbrance
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/ˈōnəs/ /ˈoʊnəs/


Mid 17th century from Latin, literally ‘load or burden’.