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counterclaim

[n. koun-ter-kleym; v. koun-ter-kleym] /n. ˈkaʊn tərˌkleɪm; v. ˌkaʊn tərˈkleɪm/
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
1775-1785
1775-85; counter- + claim
Related forms
counterclaimant, noun
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Examples from the web for counterclaim
  • 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.
  • The counterclaim will be heard at the same hearing as your claim.
  • Dismissal of counterclaim, cross-claim, or third-party claim.
  • The defendant could file a counterclaim against you.
  • The defendant's counterclaim may also demand money from the plaintiff.
  • The defendant may also file a counterclaim, meaning s/he could in turn file a suit against you.
  • He must mail a copy of his answer and/or counterclaim to the plaintiff.
British Dictionary definitions for counterclaim

counterclaim

/ˈkaʊntəˌkleɪm/
noun
1.
a claim set up in opposition to another, esp by the defendant in a civil action against the plaintiff
verb
2.
to set up (a claim) in opposition to another claim
Derived Forms
counterclaimant, noun
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