burden of persuasion

burden of per·sua·sion | \-pər-ˈswā-zhən\

Legal Definition of burden of persuasion 

: the responsibility of persuading the trier of fact (as a judge or jury) that the existence of a fact or element (as of an offense or affirmative defense) is more probable than not — compare standard of proof

Note: If a party fails to meet its burden of persuasion, the trier of fact must find against that party regarding the fact or element.

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