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counterclaim

[noun koun-ter-kleym; verb koun-ter-kleym] /noun ˈkaʊn tərˌkleɪm; verb ˌkaʊn tərˈkleɪm/
noun
1.
a claim made to offset another claim, especially one made by the defendant in a legal action.
verb (used with or without object)
2.
to claim so as to offset a previous claim.
Origin of counterclaim
1775-1785
First recorded in 1775-85; counter- + claim
Related forms
counterclaimant, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for counterclaimant

counterclaim

/ˈkaʊntəˌkleɪm/
noun
1.
a claim set up in opposition to another, esp by the defendant in a civil action against the plaintiff
verb
2.
to set up (a claim) in opposition to another claim
Derived Forms
counterclaimant, noun
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