bur·den n
1: something that is a duty, obligation, or responsibility
the prosecution has the burden of proving every element of the offense
the statute imposes undue burden s
burden of pleading the necessary elements
the husband had not carried his burden on the insanity issueCase & Comment

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun accountability, adversity, affliction, anxiety, assignment, bother, botheration, bounden duty, brunt, call of duty, care, charge, chore, cumbrance, devoir, difficulty, drawback, duty, encumbrance, engagement, errand, handicap, hardship, hindrance, impediment, imposition, job, liability, line of duty, load, mandate, necessity, obligation, onus, oppression, ordeal, pains, requirement, requisite, responsibility, strain, task, tribulation, trouble, undertaking, vexation, weight, work associated concepts: burden of covenant, burden of easement, burden of going forward with evidence, burden of loss, burden of persuasion, burden of proof, burden upon commerce, shifting of burden foreign phrases:
- Non debet alteri per alterum iniqua conditio inferri. — A burdensome condition ought not to be imposed upon one man by the act of another
- Cum par delictum est duorum, semper oneratur petitor et melior habetur possessoris causa. — When there is equal fault on both sides, the burden is always placed on the plaintiff, and the cause of the possessor is preferred
- Actus curiae ne minem gravabit. — An act of the court shall prejudice no one
- Probandi necessitas incumbit illi qui agit — The necessity of proving lies with the person who sues.
- Qui sentit onus sentire debet et commodum. — He who assumes the burden ought to derive the benefit
II index bind (obligate), charge (lien), charge (responsibility), clog, cloud (incumbrance), commitment (responsibility), compel, constrain (compel), disadvantage (noun), disadvantage (verb), duty (obligation), duty (tax), embarrass, encumber (financially obligate), encumber (hinder), encumbrance, grievance, hamper, handicap, harass, impede, impediment, impose (enforce), inflict, interfere, liability, load, mistreat, nuisance, obligation (duty), overcome (overwhelm), overload, parasite, part (role), pressure, responsibility (accountability), servitude, stress (strain), tax (overwork), trouble, weigh

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) A duty; something oppressive.
(2) A restriction on the use of land.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

A duty or obligation, or anything that restricts an activity or use. This can be intangible — for example, a burden on land such as a zoning restriction or the right of a neighbor to pass over the property to reach his home (easement).
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 A duty, obligation, or responsibility.
2 Something that causes anxiety or is grievous or oppressive.
3 In property law, anything that encumbers or restrict the use or value of land, such as an easement, restrictive covenant, or zoning ordinance. The burden indefinitely binds the current and all future owners until it is extinguished, so it is the land, and the landowner, that is burdened by the encumbrance or restriction.
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Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

   anything that results in a restrictive load upon something. This is not meant in a tangible sense, but includes a "burden" on interstate commerce (which is any matter which limits, restricts or is onerous such as a license or fee for passage), and "burdens" on land such as zoning restrictions or the right of a neighbor to pass over the property to reach his home (easement).

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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