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 At a hearing Thursday, State District Court Judge Jim Meyer Gaines denied requests for summary judgment and motions to dismiss counterclaims of breach of contract, fraud and defamation allegations, the Waco Tribune reported. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Waco judge sends counter lawsuit filed by Chip Gaines against his former partners to trial," 15 May 2020 The judge threw out Trump’s three counterclaims for fraud but allowed others, including an allegation of contract interference, to remain. Chris Dolmetsch, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Hotel Firm Must Defend Fraud Claim Over Panama Project," 5 May 2020 Murdoch's attorney, Tom Clare, said his client denies the allegations in the lawsuit and will pursue defamation counterclaims. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Fox Nation host Britt McHenry reveals brain tumor, tells followers to get early MRI," 27 Feb. 2020 That 2003 accusation was nearly washed away at the time in an unsightly river of salacious reporting and counterclaims about the woman. Michael Powell, New York Times, "Kobe Bryant Up Close: Ferocious and Flawed, Gruff and Gracious," 27 Jan. 2020 Giuffre's lawyer, Charles Cooper, dismissed Dershowitz' counterclaim as just another attack on Giuffre. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince Andrew accuser target of suit questioning her claims of forced sex," 11 Nov. 2019 The ongoing lawsuit and his counterclaim led to the deposition in November that dragged new details of the incident to light. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Arizona lawmakers call for investigation of Michelle Ugenti-Rita after lobbyist's claims," 6 Feb. 2020 Last Thursday, Deborah Dugan, the president and chief executive of the Recording Academy, the organization that hosts the show, was placed on administrative leave following accusations of misconduct, setting off a series of claims and counterclaims. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The 2020 Grammys Fiasco," 24 Jan. 2020 On its counterclaims, Redbox then lost all but the claim that Disney had engaged in false advertising. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Redbox Agrees to Never Again Sell Disney's Movie Download Codes," 15 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The court also dismissed Windstream’s counterclaims against Aurelius. Washington Post, "Windstream Services Loses Default Ruling in Victory for Aurelius," 15 Feb. 2019 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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25 May 2020

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“Counterclaim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counterclaim. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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

counterclaim verb

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