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[gahr-nish-muh nt] /ˈgɑr nɪʃ mənt/
  1. a warning, served on a third party to hold, subject to the court's direction, money or property belonging to a debtor who is being sued by a creditor.
  2. a summons to a third party to appear in litigation pending between a creditor and debtor.
adornment or decoration.
Origin of garnishment
1540-50; garnish + -ment Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for garnishment
  • After expiration of the garnishment, another garnishment can be issued.
  • The garnishment summons and notice to debtor must be substantially in the following form.
  • It frequently will take more than one garnishment to satisfy a judgment if no other payments are made.
  • Plaintiff requests a writ of non-periodic garnishment.
  • garnishment is a process to enable you to collect on your judgment by accessing monies owed to the judgment debtor by others.
British Dictionary definitions for garnishment


the act of garnishing
decoration or embellishment; garnish
  1. a notice or warning
  2. (obsolete) a summons to court proceedings already in progress
  3. a notice warning a person holding money or property belonging to a debtor whose debt has been attached to hold such property until directed by the court to apply it
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Word Origin and History for garnishment

1520s, from garnish + -ment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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