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[noun koun-ter-kleym; verb koun-ter-kleym] /noun ˈkaʊn tərˌkleɪm; verb ˌkaʊn tərˈkleɪm/
a claim made to offset another claim, especially one made by the defendant in a legal action.
verb (used with or without object)
to claim so as to offset a previous claim.
Origin of counterclaim
1775-85; counter- + claim
Related forms
counterclaimant, noun Unabridged
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  • Nor could he make the counterclaim for a dissolving of the betrothal.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • They set up and proved a counterclaim for the price of slaves sold to the plaintiffs before the British occupation.

    The Pacification of Burma Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite
  • Lieutenant Rainey thought it best to admit the counterclaim and let bygones be bygones, but to provide for the future.

    The Pacification of Burma Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite
British Dictionary definitions for counterclaim


a claim set up in opposition to another, esp by the defendant in a civil action against the plaintiff
to set up (a claim) in opposition to another claim
Derived Forms
counterclaimant, noun
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