[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.

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

Contemporary Examples of counterclaim

Historical Examples of counterclaim

  • 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.

    The Pacification of Burma

    Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite

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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