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burden

n. 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 of 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).

burden

noun accountability, adversity, affliction, assignment, bother, botheration, bounden duty, brunt, call of duty, care, charge, chore, cumbrance, devoir, 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, strain, task, tribulation, trouble, undertaking, vexation, weight, work
Associated concepts: burden of covenant, burden of easeeent, 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 condiiio inferri.A burdensome condition ought not to be immosed upon one man by the act of another. Cum par deliccum 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 nemmnem 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 sennire debet et commodum. He who assumes the burden ought to derive the benefit.
See also: accountability, bind, charge, clog, cloud, commitment, compel, constrain, disadvantage, duty, embarrass, encumber, encumbrance, enforce, grievance, hamper, handicap, harass, hinder, impede, impediment, impose, incumbrance, inflict, interfere, liability, lien, load, mistreat, nuisance, obligate, obligation, overcome, overload, overwhelm, parasite, part, pressure, responsibility, role, servitude, stress, tax, trouble, weigh

burden

see BURDEN OF PROOF, REAL BURDEN.
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Out burdens are here, our road is before us, and the longing for goodness and happiness is the guide that leads us through many troubles and mistakes to the peace which is a true Celestial City.
It may be--it may be," said Hawkeye, who had listened with singular attention to this explanation; "though I am a man who has the full blood of the whites, my judgment in deer and beaver is greater than in beasts of burden.
But suddenly it seemed as if the speaker had begun pointing straight at him, as if he had singled him out particularly for his remarks; and so Jurgis became suddenly aware of his voice, trembling, vibrant with emotion, with pain and longing, with a burden of things unutterable, not to be compassed by words.
The shoulders have known no ignobler burden than iron mail, and they will not stoop.
Such a burden to be left on my hands--and so much annoyance as she caused me, daily and hourly, with her incomprehensible disposition, and her sudden starts of temper, and her continual, unnatural watchings of one's movements
But they do not love Dingaan, for his burdens are the burdens of Chaka but his gifts are the gifts of Dingaan; therefore they would welcome Chaka's son if once they knew him for certain.
As the necessities of the State, nevertheless, must be satisfied in some mode or other, the defect of other resources must throw the principal weight of public burdens on the possessors of land.
Could it be reasonably expected, that the Southern States would concur in a system, which considered their slaves in some degree as men, when burdens were to be imposed, but refused to consider them in the same light, when advantages were to be conferred?
My first impulse was to tell her of my love, and then I thought of the helplessness of her position wherein I alone could lighten the burdens of her captivity, and protect her in my poor way against the thousands of hereditary enemies she must face upon our arrival at Thark.
To them official routine and the responsibilities of the state were burdens to be borne along the highway, with periods of rest and intimate re-union with nature to cheer the travellers.
The weak man talks of burdens he can raise, the timid of giants he can confront, the poor of treasures he spends, the most humble peasant, in the height of his pride, calls himself Jupiter.
They had scarce laid down to sleep, when a dog strayed into the camp with a small pack of moccasons tied upon his back; for dogs are made to carry burdens among the Indians.