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Reply

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.

reply

noun 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.

reply

verb 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

reply

1 a speech by counsel for the plaintiff in a civil case, or for the prosecution in a criminal case, in answer to the points raised by the defence.
2 a pleading served by the plaintiff in a civil action in answer to the defence. Where there is a counterclaim it is often contained in the same document.
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