garnishments

garnishment

[gahr-nish-muhnt]
noun
1.
Law.
a.
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.
b.
a summons to a third party to appear in litigation pending between a creditor and debtor.
2.
adornment or decoration.

Origin:
1540–50; garnish + -ment

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garnishment (ˈɡɑːnɪʃmənt)
 
n
1.  the act of garnishing
2.  decoration or embellishment; garnish
3.  law
 a.  a notice or warning
 b.  obsolete a summons to court proceedings already in progress
 c.  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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