Answer FAQs:

Q: Is answer a reply to a question?

A: Yes.

Q: Was answer originally a solemn assertion in opposition to someone or something?

A: Yes, and thus generally any counter-statement or defense, a reply to a question or response, or objection, or a correct solution of a problem.

Q: Is answer the first pleading by a defendant?

A: Yes, and usually filed and served upon the plaintiff within a certain strict time limit after a civil complaint or criminal information or indictment has been served upon the defendant.