countersuit

noun coun·ter·suit \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌsüt \
variants: or less commonly counter-suit

Definition of countersuit

plural countersuits also counter-suits
: an opposing lawsuit; especially : a claim asserted by an opposing party in a lawsuit (such as a defendant) against the party bringing the original lawsuit (such as a plaintiff) : counterclaim
  • decided to file a countersuit against her accuser
  • The current appeal results from a patent infringement suit and countersuit between Apple Inc. ("Apple") and Samsung Electronics Co …
  • Apple, Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

First Known Use of countersuit

1846

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