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burden of proof

n. Law
The duty of presenting a certain amount of evidence in order to meet the legal requirements for establishing the entitlement of the party in a case to the outcome sought.
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burden of proof

n
(Law) law the obligation, in criminal cases resting initially on the prosecution, to provide evidence that will convince the court or jury of the truth of one's contention
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bur′den of proof′


n.
the obligation to offer credible evidence in a court of law in support of a contention or accusation.
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Noun1.burden of proof - the duty of proving a disputed charge
duty, obligation, responsibility - the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force; "we must instill a sense of duty in our children"; "every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty"- John D.Rockefeller Jr
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In Burdens of Proof, Blanchette looks at the inherent problems of "digital signatures" and the continuing challenge of ensuring that they are as secure and credible as the paper documents that they have replaced.
A comparison of possible burdens of proof demonstrates that beyond a reasonable doubt offers the greatest individual protections to accused servicemembers while maintaining the efficiency required by the nonjudicial punishment system.
The bill, which would have raised the burdens of proof for alleged fraud by shareholders, was modified and passed despite a veto by former President Bill Clinton.