• WordNet 3.6
    • v counterclaim set up a claim in opposition to a previous claim
    • n counterclaim a claim filed in opposition to another claim in a legal action
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Counterclaim (Law) A claim made by a person as an offset to a claim made on him.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n counterclaim A claim in the nature of a cross-action set up by the defendant against the plaintiff in a lawsuit. The term is sometimes used to include set-off and recoupment, and sometimes only those cross-claims which can be made the subject of an affirmative award in favor of the defendant.
    • counterclaim In law, to set up an affirmative defense; make a counter-claim (which see).
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In literature:

You try to make him see the counterclaims upon you of science, literature, art.
"Modern American Prose Selections" by Various
Have you anything to set up by way of counterclaim?
"The Case and Exceptions" by Frederick Trevor Hill
And here followeth a welter of confused incidents, claims, and counterclaims, which pages would not suffice to unravel.
"India Through the Ages" by Flora Annie Steel

In news:

Board responds to Seyller’s lawsuit with counterclaim by Martha Quetsch Kane Countyâ€The budget dispute between Kane County Circuit Clerk Deb Seyller and the Kane County Board continues to escalate, with lawsuits now going both ways.
Judge will hear Grooveshark's counterclaim against Universal.
"Jersey Shore" power gnome Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi has been slapped with a multimillion-dollar counterclaim in her legal skirmish with licensing company SRG Ventures.
To settle these lawsuits, Carestream and Caliper have agreed (i) to dismiss their respective claims and counterclaims.
Ames Jones files counterclaim in response to Wentworth's defamation claims.
Nevada casino sports book operator Joseph Asher has hit competitor Cantor Gaming with a counterclaim in its lawsuit over competition in the industry.
Group May Pursue Apex Counterclaim.
Sandpiper attorney files counterclaim .
While previous counterclaims against Righthaven have accused the company of wrongdoing, this appears to be the first time a defendant's attorneys have threatened to seek sanctions and assert a malicious prosecution claim.
Where a landlord sued his tenants for unpaid rent and now appeals a finding for the tenants on their counterclaims for breach of the implied warranty of habitability and interference with their quiet enjoyment (G.
Two minority franchisees have alleged racial discrimination in a counterclaim filed in response to Dunkin' Donuts' attempts to terminate their franchise agreements.
After years of claims, counterclaims and pre-trial motio READ.
I ask, yet again, why didn't the stockbroker sue the customer by way of counterclaim.
Ames Jones files counterclaim in response to Wentworth's defamation claims.
Maryland-based Walther Productions has also filed counterclaims in US District Court in Clarksburg against three companies it hired to handle security.

In science:

Here, to test out these claims and counterclaims, we calculate the time delay in the limit of an instantaneous gravitational force, and find that the velocity-dependent terms are in complete agreement with previous PPN calculations, with no dependence on the speed of gravity.
The speed of gravity has not been measured from time delays
Such situations are not unknown in the history of particle physics; the claims and counterclaims regarding the pentaquark (reviewed in ) provide a recent example.
Quantum Darwinism requires an extra-theoretical assumption of encoding redundancy