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[noun koun-ter-kleym; verb koun-ter-kleym]
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  1. a claim made to offset another claim, especially one made by the defendant in a legal action.
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to claim so as to offset a previous claim.

Origin of counterclaim

First recorded in 1775–85; counter- + claim
Related formscoun·ter·claim·ant, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Nor could he make the counterclaim for a dissolving of the betrothal.

  • Lieutenant Rainey thought it best to admit the counterclaim and let bygones be bygones, but to provide for the future.

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    Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite

British Dictionary definitions for counterclaim


  1. a claim set up in opposition to another, esp by the defendant in a civil action against the plaintiff
  1. to set up (a claim) in opposition to another claim
Derived Formscounterclaimant, noun
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