coun·ter·claim (kountər-klām′) Law
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.
intr.v. (koun′tər-klām) coun·ter·claimed, coun·ter·claim·ing, coun·ter·claims
To plead a counterclaim against a plaintiff.
coun′ter·claimant (-klāmənt) n.
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