Definitions for garnishmentˈgɑr nɪʃ mənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gar•nish•mentˈgɑr nɪʃ mənt(n.)

  1. Law. a warning served on a third party to hold wages, property, etc., belonging to a debtor. a summons to such a party to appear in court and give testimony in litigation between the debtor and a creditor.

    Category: Law

  2. decoration.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. garnishment(noun)

    a court order to an employer to withhold all or part of an employee's wages and to send the money to the court or to the person who won a lawsuit against the employee


  1. garnishment(Noun)

    A judgment that a third party should pay money owing to a defendant directly to a plaintiff.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Garnishment(noun)

    ornament; embellishment; decoration

  2. Garnishment(noun)

    warning, or legal notice, to one to appear and give information to the court on any matter

  3. Garnishment(noun)

    warning to a person in whose hands the effects of another are attached, not to pay the money or deliver the goods to the defendant, but to appear in court and give information as garnishee

  4. Garnishment(noun)

    a fee. See Garnish, n., 4


  1. Garnishment

    A garnishment is a means of collecting a monetary judgment against a defendant by ordering a third party to pay money, otherwise owed to the defendant, directly to the plaintiff. In the case of collecting for taxes, the law of a jurisdiction may allow for collection without a judgment or other court order.

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