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English definition of “onus”

onus

noun [U]    /ˈoʊ·nəs/
the responsibility or duty to do something: The onus is on the administration to come up with a balanced budget.
(Definition of onus noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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