counterclaim

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noun

coun·​ter·​claim ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌklām How to pronounce counterclaim (audio)
: an opposing claim
especially : a claim brought by a defendant against a plaintiff in a legal action

counterclaim

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verb

counterclaimed; counterclaiming; counterclaims

intransitive verb

: to enter or plead a counterclaim

transitive verb

: to ask in a counterclaim

Examples of counterclaim in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
In a counterclaim filed in October 2022, Tevebaugh both denied those claims and offered new accusations against the Fair Association. Rory Appleton, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Mar. 2024 The Heartland Center filed two counterclaims alleging the landlord violated a Missouri law requiring rentals are habitable and the Merchandising Practices Act, which protects consumers against fraud and deception. Katie Moore, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 But Smartmatic must also face Fox's counterclaims that the substantial defamation claims are intended to supress free speech, the judge ruled in a separate order. Jane C. Timm, NBC News, 25 Jan. 2024 The Republic dove in to get to the bottom of claims and counterclaims about the initial project and its impact on the surrounding community. The Arizona Republic, 16 Jan. 2024 At the center of Jackson’s counterclaim are several incidents dating as far back as Aug. 20, 2021, to March 12, 2023. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2023 New York Supreme Court Judge David B. Cohen ruled Wednesday that Fox News’ counterclaim can go forward. Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times, 24 Jan. 2024 Both Ruth and Schuman filed motions to dismiss the counterclaims but were denied. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 17 Jan. 2024 My job is to dig through the claims and counterclaims and do my best to convey the reality to our audiences. Kyler Alvord, Peoplemag, 18 Dec. 2023
Verb
The court also dismissed Windstream’s counterclaims against Aurelius. Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2019 Perry’s counterclaims, however, are pending in court. J. Scott Trubey, ajc, 10 May 2018 The foundation asked for a dismissal of all claims and counterclaimed for payment of $960,000. Milton Esterow, Vanities, 19 Feb. 2017 While finding that a number of facts remain in dispute, Bledsoe dismissed Hopkins’ defamation claims and Michael Waltrip Racing’s counterclaims accusing Hopkins of stealing pit crew tools and misappropriating trade secrets about one of the tools. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, 1 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1784, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1857, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of counterclaim was in 1784

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Cite this Entry

“Counterclaim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counterclaim. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

counterclaim

noun
coun·​ter·​claim
ˈkau̇nt-ər-ˌklām
: an opposing claim
counterclaim verb
counterclaimant
-ˌklā-mənt
noun

Legal Definition

counterclaim

noun
coun·​ter·​claim ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌklām How to pronounce counterclaim (audio)
: a claim for relief that is asserted against an opposing party after an original claim has been made compare affirmative defense at defense, cross-action, cross-appeal, cross-claim, interpleader, third-party claim
counterclaim verb

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