[noun koun-ter-kleym; verb koun-ter-kleym]


a claim made to offset another claim, especially one made by the defendant in a legal action.

verb (used with or without object)

to claim so as to offset a previous claim.

Nearby words

  1. counterbore,
  2. counterbrace,
  3. counterchange,
  4. countercharge,
  5. countercheck,
  6. counterclockwise,
  7. counterconditioning,
  8. countercoup,
  9. counterculture,
  10. countercurrent

Origin of counterclaim

First recorded in 1775–85; counter- + claim

Related formscoun·ter·claim·ant, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for counterclaim

British Dictionary definitions for counterclaim



a claim set up in opposition to another, esp by the defendant in a civil action against the plaintiff


to set up (a claim) in opposition to another claim
Derived Formscounterclaimant, noun

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