Counterclaim meaning

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The definition of a counterclaim is a claim made to rebut accusations against you.

If you are sued for breaching a contract and you, in turn, also file suit against the plaintiff and claim that he was really the one who breached the contract, your claim against the original plaintiff is an example of a counterclaim.

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To present as, or make, a counterclaim.
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A claim pled against a plaintiff by a defendant, either in opposition to the relief sought or as an independent cause of action against the plaintiff.
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An opposing claim, esp. one by a defendant against a plaintiff's claim in a lawsuit.
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To plead a counterclaim against a plaintiff.
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A cause of action or claim for relief asserted in opposition to or as a setoff against the plaintiff’s own cause of action or claim for relief and contained in the defendant’s answer to the plaintiff’s complaint. See also cross-claim.
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A cause of action or claim for relief that does not arise from the same occurrence, transaction, or subject matter as the plaintiff’s cause or action or claim for relief. The failure to raise such a cause of action or claim for relief in the defendant’s answer will not prevent the defendant from bringing them up in a subsequent action.
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(intransitive) To file a counterclaim.
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(law) A suit filed by a defendant against a plaintiff secondary to the original complaint.
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A cause of action or claim for relief that arises from the same occurrence, transaction, or subject matter as the plaintiff’s cause of action or claim for relief. Generally, the failure to raise such cause of action or claim for relief in the defendant’s answer will prevent the defendant from bringing it up in a subsequent action.
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