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A claim pled against a plaintiff by a defendant, either in opposition to the relief sought or as an independent cause of action against the plaintiff.
intr.v. (koun′tər-klām′) coun·ter·claimed, coun·ter·claim·ing, coun·ter·claims
To plead a counterclaim against a plaintiff.
coun′ter·claim′ant (-klā′mənt) n.
(Law) a claim set up in opposition to another, esp by the defendant in a civil action against the plaintiff
(Law) to set up (a claim) in opposition to another claim
coun•ter•claim(n. ˈkaʊn tərˌkleɪm; v. ˌkaʊn tərˈkleɪm)
1. a claim made to offset another claim.
2. a civil action brought by the defendant against the plaintiff.v.t., v.i.
3. to claim in answer to a previous claim.
Past participle: counterclaimed
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|Noun||1.||counterclaim - a claim filed in opposition to another claim in a legal action|
action at law, legal action, action - a judicial proceeding brought by one party against another; one party prosecutes another for a wrong done or for protection of a right or for prevention of a wrong
|Verb||1.||counterclaim - set up a claim in opposition to a previous claim|
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
claim - ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example; "They claimed on the maximum allowable amount"