Definition of "counterclaim"
  1. A response in court by the defendant that not only denies the allegations of the plaintiff but also alleges that the plaintiff is at fault regarding the same circumstances and owes damages or relief
How to use "counterclaim" in a sentence
  1. After the company was sued for product failure, they filed a counterclaim arguing that the customer misused the product causing the issue.
  2. Following the landlord's lawsuit for non-payment of rent, the tenant made a counterclaim citing substandard living conditions which the landlord failed to improve.
  3. In the copyright infringement case, the accused artist issued a counterclaim stating the accuser had instead plagiarized his unpublished work.

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