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counterclaim

noun coun·ter·claim \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌklām \
|Updated on: 4 Aug 2018

Definition of counterclaim

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

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First Known Use of counterclaim

1784

in the meaning defined above

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counterclaim

verb

Definition of counterclaim

counterclaimed; counterclaiming; counterclaims
: to enter or plead a counterclaim
: to ask in a counterclaim

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First Known Use of counterclaim

1857

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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Law Dictionary

counterclaim

noun 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

counterclaim

verb

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