from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To plead the contrary of; to plead against; to deny.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To plead the contrary of; to plead against; to deny.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To plead the contrary of; contradict; deny.
-- _Spigornel_ (for Adam): 'Sir, according to the custom of the town, he is of age when he knows how to count up to twelve pence, and he shall answer in a writ of Right at that age; and inasmuch as he would answer in a writ of Right at that age, he shall warrant at that age, or shall counterplead, &c.
Judgment if he shall not warrant or counterplead. '
Confronted with this picture of insensate delusion and folly, the critical reader will immediately counterplead that England all this time was conducting a war which involved the organization of several millions of fighting men and of the workers who were supplying them with provisions, munitions, and transport, and that this could not have been done by a mob of hysterical ranters.
At com - mon law, if a ftranger was vouched, the demandant could not counterplead it; but by Weft.