onus was our Word of the Day on 02/20/2017. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
Examples of onus in a Sentence
- Consumers should be able to limit the use of information beyond what's essential to complete a transaction. There are two principal ways to do this: Web sites can permit them to "opt in," or explicitly grant advance permission to share information. Or they can put the onus on consumers to "opt out" if they don't want information shared. —Consumer Reports, May 2000
- These laws got the regulatory ball rolling, but the onus was on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that additives were safe. —Amy Rosenbaum Clark, Vegetarian Times, March 1995
- It is not the scions of Yale and Harvard who apply to become FBI agents and construction workers and civil servants and cops who bear the onus of this reverse discrimination. —Thomas B. Edsall, Washington Post, 9-15 Mar. 1992
hoping to avoid the onus of failure by lowering expectations ahead of time
he perpetually tries to shift the onus for any mistakes onto other team members
Recent Examples of onus from the Web
According to Gardenhire, the onus is now on his lineup to start producing.
The onus is on men and women to call out bad behavior, said Susan Scarola, retired CEO of car dealership group DCH Auto Group.
The onus is on this new-look defensive line to make a substantial jump, and to relieve the pressure on a shaky and unsettled linebacking core.
The onus is on Johnny to write the next chapter to re-earn respect.
But the onus would be on the central bank to determine the amount of lending available, a form of monetary policy that was more common in the early days of central banks in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Again, the onus is on WWE to make sure SmackDown doesn’t bomb on network TV, which in theory should mean WWE will go all-out to make SmackDown the show to watch.
That would put the onus on regulators to prove that a trade was not done to hedge an actual risk.
While the House bill also eliminates the mandatory mediation, the Senate bill softens it and puts the onus on the victim to opt out within ten days of filing a complaint.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'onus.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Did You Know?
Understanding the etymology of onus is not at all burdensome; it's as simple as knowing that English borrowed the word - spelling, meaning, and all - from Latin in the 17th century. We can also add that it's a distant relative of the Sanskrit word for "cart" (a vehicle that carries a burden). English isn't exactly loaded with derivatives of Latin onus, but the root did give us "onerous" ("troublesome") and "exonerate" ("to clear from accusation or blame" - thus, "to unburden"). Additionally, our legal language has "onus probandi," which is often shortened to "onus." It means "burden of proof" - that is, the obligation of proving a disputed assertion in a court of law.
ONUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of onus for English Language Learners
: the responsibility for something
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up onus? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).