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Counterclaim \Coun"ter*claim`\ (-kl[=a]m`), n. (Law) A claim made by a person as an offset to a claim made on him.


n. (context legal English) a suit filed by a defendant against a plaintiff secondary to the original complaint. vb. (context intransitive English) To file a counterclaim.

  1. n. a claim filed in opposition to another claim in a legal action

  2. v. set up a claim in opposition to a previous claim


In a court of law, a party's claim is a counterclaim if the defending party has previously (in the present action) made a claim against the claiming party.

Examples of counterclaims include:

  • After a bank has sued a customer for an unpaid debt, the customer counterclaims (sues back) against the bank for fraud in procuring the debt. The court will sort out the different claims in one lawsuit (unless the claims are severed).
  • Two cars collide. After one person sues for damage to her car and personal injuries, the defendant counterclaims for similar property damage and personal injury claims.

Usage examples of "counterclaim".

Nevertheless, I think there may be better ways to slide this incident into the back shelves of history than by any public counterclaiming between Mr Westrum and whoever your informant may have been.

The truth quickly vanished in a morass of claims and counterclaims, until even the Church grew sick of it.

Western Europe counterclaimed that as the tower station was just a brief stopover for the sisters, and the whole operation was his anyway, he should have the necessary authority.

The fund trustee, one Jucundus Fecundus Xero Pecundus Coppercheap, counterclaimed that payment was invalid having been tendered to creditor under cover of a crossed cheque, signed in the ordinary course, in the name of Wieldhelm, Hurls Cross, voucher copy provided, and drawn by the senior partner only by whom the lodgment of the species had been effected but in their joint names.