burden of proof

noun phrase

: the duty of proving a disputed assertion or charge

Examples of burden of proof in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The burden of proof will now fall on Social Security, not the recipient, to prove that the person who gets the check did something to go over the asset limit or to cause the overpayment. Joseph Shapiro, NPR, 8 June 2024 The jurors will decide whether the prosecution has met its burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt and return a verdict. Barbara McQuade, TIME, 29 May 2024 Part of the reasoning was that the procedures assumed the car’s owner was the one driving the vehicle, thus putting the burden of proof on the defendant, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Eleanor Nash, Kansas City Star, 29 May 2024 As with any criminal case, the burden of proof lies with the prosecution -- meaning prosecutors must prove Trump is guilty, and the defense does not have to prove Trump's innocence. Julia Reinstein, ABC News, 28 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for burden of proof 

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Word History

First Known Use

1705, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of burden of proof was in 1705

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“Burden of proof.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burden%20of%20proof. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

burden of proof

: the responsibility of producing sufficient evidence in support of a fact or issue and favorably persuading the trier of fact (as a judge or jury) regarding that fact or issue
the burden of proof is sometimes upon the defendant to show his incompetencyW. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr.
compare standard of proof

Note: The legal concept of the burden of proof encompasses both the burdens of production and persuasion. Burden of proof is often used to refer to one or the other. Burden of proof and burden of persuasion are also sometimes used to refer to the standard of proof.

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