burden of proof

burden of proof
burden of proof ˌburden of ˈproof noun [singular]
LAW the task of proving that a statement made in a court of law is true, especially one accusing somebody of doing something illegal or wrong:

• It will not be up to the defendant to prove his innocence; the burden of proof is on the prosecution.

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burden of proof UK US noun [S]
LAW the responsibility for proving something: »

The burden of proof in a civil case is not as stringent as in criminal cases.


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  • burden of proof — ► burden of proof the obligation to prove an assertion. Main Entry: ↑burden …   English terms dictionary

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