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The obligation to prove an assertion or allegation that one makes; the burden of proof.
- ‘We must go with Huxley in his contention that these rights may sometimes be displaced; but the onus probandi lies heavily on the shoulder of him who disputes that claim to possession, not on the man who seeks to defend it.’
- ‘[The first [is], that the onus probandi lies in every case upon the party propounding a Will; and he must satisfy the conscience of the Court that the instrument so propounded is the last Will of a free and capable Testator.’
Latin, the burden of proving.
onus probandi/ˌōnəs prōˈbandē//ˌōnəs prōˈbändē/
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