counterclaim

[n. koun-ter-kleym; v. koun-ter-kleym]
noun
1.
a claim made to offset another claim, especially one made by the defendant in a legal action.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
2.
to claim so as to offset a previous claim.

Origin:
1775–85; counter- + claim

counterclaimant, noun
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counterclaim (ˈkaʊntəˌkleɪm)
 
n
1.  a claim set up in opposition to another, esp by the defendant in a civil action against the plaintiff
 
vb
2.  to set up (a claim) in opposition to another claim
 
counter'claimant
 
n

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Example sentences
Every counterclaim is cherry picked and taken out of context.
The immediate cause of the fighting is unclear as claim and counterclaim abound.
Well, here was one significant counterclaim lying on the stretcher today.
Use this to file an amended counterclaim against the plaintiff.
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