Meaning of presumption of innocence

presump'tion of in'nocence

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— Law. Law.
  1. the rebuttable presumption of the innocence of the defendant in a criminal action in Anglo-Saxon jurisprudence, placing upon the prosecution the burden of proof of the defendant's guilt.
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