counterclaim

noun
coun·​ter·​claim | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌklām How to pronounce counterclaim (audio) \

Definition of counterclaim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an opposing claim especially : a claim brought by a defendant against a plaintiff in a legal action

counterclaim

verb
counterclaimed; counterclaiming; counterclaims

Definition of counterclaim (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to enter or plead a counterclaim

transitive verb

: to ask in a counterclaim

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Examples of counterclaim in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The case was transferred to common pleas court — which handles disputes involving larger sums of money – after Revolution Fitness filed counterclaims against B.E.E. Holdings. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "Doug Evans wants to keep fraud case out of trial over property Forest Hills using for bus hub," 17 July 2019 Last month, Tessmer filed a counterclaim asking the court to cancel Wilson’s trademark application. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "Feud heats up over San Antonio lawyer’s advertising slogan," 11 July 2019 In a counterclaim, CPS argues that Wagner owes it $190,000. Fred Schulte, Washington Post, "Tennessee-Based Pain Management Group To Close Clinics Amid Financial Turmoil," 9 July 2018 Having said that, my experience (on both sides of this issue) is that if the association files suit against a delinquent owner, the court will accept a counterclaim against the association. Benny L. Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Fences don't always demarcate property lines," 22 Aug. 2017 Some are making that case in their lawsuit over Harvard’s admissions practices—an argument that, in turn, collides with the counterclaims of African-American outrage. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "America Is Addicted to Outrage. Is There a Cure?," 30 Nov. 2018 The plaintiffs have moved to dismiss Blomquist's counterclaim and say all his discovery demands should be put on hold until there's a ruling on a dismissal. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mequon executive counters sex-tape privacy suit with his own claim of secret recordings," 29 May 2018 Russia has flatly denied the allegations and offered a variety of counterclaims. Matthew Bodner, Washington Post, "Russia to expel over 50 British workers, deepening tensions between Kremlin and London," 31 Mar. 2018 Shooter late Thursday filed both a response and a counterclaim against Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, R-Scottsdale. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Lawsuits fly as ousted Rep. Don Shooter vows to repair his own reputation," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Perry’s counterclaims, however, are pending in court. J. Scott Trubey, ajc, "Atlanta Housing Authority names interim leader, plans CEO search," 10 May 2018 The foundation asked for a dismissal of all claims and counterclaimed for payment of $960,000. Milton Esterow, Vanities, "The Bitter Legal Battle over Peggy Guggenheim’s Blockbuster Art Collection," 19 Feb. 2017 The foundation asked for a dismissal of all claims and counterclaimed for payment of $960,000. Milton Esterow, Vanities, "The Bitter Legal Battle over Peggy Guggenheim’s Blockbuster Art Collection," 19 Feb. 2017 The foundation asked for a dismissal of all claims and counterclaimed for payment of $960,000. Milton Esterow, vanityfair.com, "The Bitter Legal Battle over Peggy Guggenheim’s Blockbuster Art Collection," 5 Jan. 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, "Lawsuit against Michael Waltrip Racing can go to trial, judge rules," 1 June 2017

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First Known Use of counterclaim

Noun

1784, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1857, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of counterclaim was in 1784

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counterclaim

noun
coun·​ter·​claim | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌklām How to pronounce counterclaim (audio) \

Legal Definition of counterclaim

: 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

Other Words from counterclaim

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