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noun re·coup·ment \ri-ˈküp-mənt\

Legal Definition of recoupment

  1. 1 :  the process or fact of recouping recoupment of expenses

  2. 2a :  a keeping back of all or part of a sum sought by a plaintiff in the interest of equity — see also equitable recoupment b :  a reduction in damages because of a demand by the defendant arising out of the same occurrence or transaction c :  the right of a defendant to have the claim of the plaintiff reduced or eliminated by reason of a breach of contract or duty by the plaintiff in the same occurrence or transaction; also :  an affirmative defense alleging such a breach d :  a counterclaim that arises out of the same occurrence or transaction as that of the original action — compare set-off

Additional Notes on recoupment

Recoupment involves the type of claim that now must be asserted in a compulsory counterclaim.

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to cast off or become cast off

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