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The Pleading in which a plaintiff responds to the defendant's demand for relief asserted in a set-off or counterclaim.
In most states and in the federal courts, a reply is permitted only when the defendant has specifically made a properly labeled counter-claim or when the court orders the plaintiff to file a formal response to an answer.
replynoun answer, counterstatement, reaction, reciprocation, rejoinder, remonstrance, replication, response, responsio, responsum, retort, return, surrebuttal
Associated concepts: reply brief, sham reply
Foreign phrases: Ambigua responsio contra proferentem est accipienda.An ambiguous answer is to be taken against him who offers it.
replyverb acknowledge, answer, come back at, confute, counter, make rejoinder, parry, react, rebut, refute, rejoin, respondere, retort, return, riposte, surrebut, surrejoin
Associated concepts: reply to a counterclaim, reply to new matter contained in an answer
See also: acceptance, acknowledge, acknowledgment, answer, communicate, confutation, correspond, counterargument, countercharge, plea, pleading, reaction, rebut, rejoinder, respond, response, retort, return