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garnishment

[gahr-nish-muh nt] /ˈgɑr nɪʃ mənt/
noun
1.
Law.
  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.
2.
adornment or decoration.
Origin of garnishment
1540-1550
1540-50; garnish + -ment
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garnishment

/ˈɡɑːnɪʃmənt/
noun
1.
the act of garnishing
2.
decoration or embellishment; garnish
3.
(law)
  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
n.

1520s, from garnish + -ment.

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