Meaning of counterclaim in English:

counterclaim

Pronunciation /ˈkaʊntəkleɪm/

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noun

  • 1A claim made to rebut a previous claim.

    ‘monitoring programmes set up in the wake of these various claims and counterclaims will resolve the issue’
    • ‘And as with any hot scandal, it is fast developing into a whole new blame game altogether with claims and counterclaims flying all over the place - and that's just in the blogosphere.’
    • ‘There have been claims and counterclaims throughout the week about what's happening inside that refugee camp, or indeed what happened in the previous days.’
    • ‘It's been 14 months of headlines, charges, claims and counterclaims and lots of hearings.’
    • ‘Many claims and counterclaims were advertised about who the real market leader was and who was the benefactor of the readers and protected the consumer's wallet.’
    • ‘There are claims and counterclaims over whether the railings were in need of repair before the trip or if they were damaged in a collision earlier in the evening.’
    • ‘And public cynicism is also likely to increase as the claims and counterclaims become increasingly frantic as polling day approaches.’
    • ‘Claims and counterclaims are being made about who is right and who is wrong in the development of this fishery.’
    • ‘What I will be doing is focusing on some recent developments in the debates produced by these familiar claims and counterclaims.’
    • ‘This is not the place to lay out claims and counterclaims about how life originated on Earth; we plan to do that, soon enough.’
    • ‘With mounds of defamatory material, of claims and counterclaims, will anyone pay attention?’
    • ‘The connection between the two led to a series of claims and counterclaims that seriously damaged Number 10.’
    • ‘NASA also recently published this web site with point-by-point counterclaims to Apollo hoax allegations.’
    • ‘Claim and counterclaim continue about the salary arrangements.’
    • ‘There are a hundred more pieces of the jigsaw to fit into place: retrospective claim and counterclaim about planned and spontaneous action.’
    • ‘For every claim there is, somewhere, a counterclaim.’
    • ‘But they did not talk about any deaths, even though there were counterclaims by the ruling party that six of their supporters were killed in the confrontation.’
    • ‘One day the media seems filled with reports of new findings and declarations, yet the next day there appears just as many counterclaims.’
    • ‘It is understood that there are counterclaims that the player was goading supporters.’
    • ‘That explains the controversies and counterclaims about who is borrowing what from whom.’
    • ‘But there have been counterclaims that Mr Hughes has overreacted and has aggravated villagers.’
    1. 1.1Law A claim made by a defendant against a plaintiff.
      ‘the debtor has an arguable counterclaim for damages’
      • ‘The defendants have a counterclaim for damages for trespass against the plaintiff.’
      • ‘I am pretty confident the counterclaim will be tossed out and am hoping to get at least some of my money back, or at least a decision saying the money should be mine.’
      • ‘The consulting engineers involved sought payment of $23,000, and got a counterclaim and suit for $200,000 for its claims.’
      • ‘Our lawyers are looking at the allegations in the counterclaim.’
      • ‘If you refrain from suing someone, but then they go ahead and sue you, that's the end of your restraint and time to assert the counterclaim.’

verb

[no object]Law
  • Make a counterclaim for something.

    ‘he counterclaimed for damages for breach of the covenant’
    • ‘she counterclaimed damages for late delivery’
    • ‘It should be noted that the defendant counterclaimed against the plaintiffs for general damages of $250, 000.00 and punitive damages of $50, 000.00.’
    • ‘Mr Jaura counterclaimed for damages for wrongful termination of the lease.’
    • ‘In addition Mr Newbery counterclaimed damages for shock and distress.’
    • ‘On April 3, 1998, Paragon counterclaimed against United and others.’
    • ‘Last in the underlying action, the defendant has counterclaimed.’
    • ‘It is counterclaiming for $25,000 in damages for breach of contract.’
    • ‘The defendant counterclaimed the cost of rebuilding the pool to the required depth which would have amounted to £21, 560.’
    • ‘The police counterclaimed, stating that the cyclists were engaging in this act without a permit.’
    • ‘The plaintiff sued to recover the final payment and the owners counterclaimed for ‘rescission’ and for the return of money paid.’
    • ‘He counterclaimed for damages for misrepresentation and breach of contract of employment.’
    • ‘She instituted proceedings against her landlord for breach of his repairing covenant and he counterclaimed for possession.’
    • ‘Reeve and Lawrence counterclaimed for damages for breach of contract by failure to meet the temperature and flow rate criteria for the supply of cool water.’
    • ‘The Davis and Cameron factions are already counterclaiming that each is briefing against the other.’
    • ‘It was for this reason that the defendant counterclaimed for a declaration of non-infringement in relation to Process B.’
    • ‘The defendants have not counterclaimed, but they have defended on the basis that the plaintiffs are responsible for the alleged reduction in the value that an independent valuator placed on the shares.’
    • ‘The Town defended the action and counterclaimed against AWS for damages.’
    • ‘After failing to obtain payment from the manager, he now counterclaimed against the bank, arguing that it was under a duty to see that the manager did not under-insure the vessel.’
    • ‘Instead, the plaintiffs defended this action and counterclaimed against the Bank.’
    • ‘On the basis of his contention that the true value of the property was between £70,000 and £80,000, Mr Ross counterclaimed for £29,000.’
    • ‘Defendants have counterclaimed for defamation and abuse of process.’