burden of proof

noun phrase

Definition of burden of proof 

: the duty of proving a disputed assertion or charge

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The burden of proof has shifted to believing the aggrieved as opposed to defending the oppressor. Eric Johnson, Recode, "John Skipper, ESPN’s former president, is back ... at a rival sports media company.," 8 Nov. 2018 That lowers the burden of proof for prosecutors, which critics say can lead to unjust convictions. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "Louisiana Ballot Measure Would Overturn Segregation-Era Law," 22 Oct. 2018 The meeting at the Fed revolved around a single provision in the nearly 400-page plan: a new measure to determine which types of assets held on banks’ balance sheets should be held to that burden of proof. WSJ, "Banks Say No Thanks to Volcker Rule Changes," 15 Aug. 2018 As always, the burden of proof rests with the speaker, so the president once again earns Four Pinocchios. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "Trump’s claim that immigrants bring ‘tremendous crime’ is still wrong," 18 Jan. 2018 Mulligan said there might be ways to overcome the murder admission, but Henry needed to meet a large burden of proof to justify having committed such a serious offense. Hannah Dreier, Daily Intelligencer, "Teen Who Faced Deportation After He Informed on MS-13 Gets Temporary Reprieve," 6 Apr. 2018 Inquiries by the Justice Department or the Federal Trade Commission could take years and bear a high burden of proof. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Amazon isn't killing the post office. And Trump's ability to go after the online giant has limits," 30 Mar. 2018 In past years, the bill failed in Annapolis mainly because of a protracted debate over men’s rights, the appropriate burden of proof and whether men whose parental rights are terminated should still be required to pay child support. Washington Post, "Gov. Hogan signs bill terminating parental rights for rapists," 13 Feb. 2018 As our readers know, the burden of proof is on the speaker. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "Does the U.S. keep immigrant children in cages?," 6 June 2018

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1705, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of 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 incompetency— W. 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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