One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Law. A countercharge; a counteraction brought against a plaintiff by the defendant in a suit, specifically (Scottish Law) the principle of a claimant being liable for counteraction, even if outside the jurisdiction of Scots law. Formerly also in extended use.
2The reassembling of a parliament or other legislative body.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From re- + convention, partly after Middle French reconvention (French reconvention) countercharge, counteraction and post-classical Latin reconventio resummons, countercharge, counteraction, counterpetition.
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