coun·​ter·​claim | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌklām \

Definition of counterclaim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Researchers make claims and counterclaims, exchange reasons, and work together to open up new fields of inquiry. Ars Technica, "The Journal of Controversial Ideas—academic freedom sans responsibility is reckless," 25 Nov. 2018 The numerous claims and counterclaims are stoking public interest in a relationship that Trump has denied and that Cohen sought to keep under wraps. Beth Reinhard,, "Stormy Daniels' former attorney fights back with counterclaims for defamation," 8 June 2018 Universal has responded to Trevejo's lawsuit with a counterclaim against the artist's furnishing company, her mother and her attorney. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "Malu Trevejo Seeks to Void Universal Music Latin Deal, Claims Contract Signed as Minor Was Never Certified," 5 July 2018 Shooter, in his counterclaim, says comments Ugenti-Rita made about him on social media and in interviews were false and defamatory. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Lawsuits fly as ousted Rep. Don Shooter vows to repair his own reputation," 6 July 2018 Nativa filed a counterclaim, asking the court to grant the compulsory license for the Russian market. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "Russian Drugmaker Granted License to Produce Celgene Copycat," 11 July 2018 All four defendants have filed counterclaims or motions to dismiss, several of which accused Landan of attempting to use the court system to silence his accusers. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Haymarket defamation lawsuit moves forward with new court ruling," 28 June 2018 On Monday, the defendants brought counterclaims, accusing Ticketmaster of creating and disseminating its own bots, and placing the blame for Hamilton ticket resells on the ticket giant itself. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ticketmaster Secretly Provides Scalpers With Bot Software, Brokers Claim," 27 June 2018 Davidson denied the claims and filed a counterclaim in federal court in Los Angeles. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Keith Davidson files defamation lawsuit against Stormy Daniels after collusion accusations," 8 June 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,, "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


1784, in the meaning defined above


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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coun·​ter·​claim | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌklām \

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

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