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


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

Examples of counterclaim in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Clark sued Chase, and Chase then filed a counterclaim against the borrower and Kabbage, which had originated the loan despite its questionable documentation. Derek Willis, ProPublica, 18 May 2021 The defendants in the city lawsuit filed a counterclaim early this year. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 May 2021 Court records tell a more complex story, starting with the fact that Preston Griffith’s son, Charles Hunt Griffith, filed the initial suit and that Stephen Griffith’s legal action was a counterclaim filed in response. al, 26 Apr. 2021 June-July 2020 - Rodriguez files a counterclaim against Scurtis suing for abuse of process and requesting a judgment for damages. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 25 Apr. 2021 Twin Galaxies says that this counterclaim wouldn't have been necessary if the organization had won a dismissal in a recent anti-SLAPP motion against Mitchell's defamation suit. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 1 Dec. 2020 Alamo Drafthouse responded with a counterclaim Sept. 15, asking the court to enter a judgment declaring that the business was not obligated to pay rent from March until such time as the court determined. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Mar. 2021 The year had been full of noise, of argument, of claim and counterclaim. Stanley Stewart, Travel + Leisure, 22 Mar. 2021 Walker currently faces a counterclaim from Mattingly. Tessa Duvall, USA TODAY, 9 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: 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 The foundation asked for a dismissal of all claims and counterclaimed for payment of $960,000. Milton Esterow, Vanities, 19 Feb. 2017 The foundation asked for a dismissal of all claims and counterclaimed for payment of $960,000. Milton Esterow,, 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, 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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“Counterclaim.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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

counterclaim verb

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