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Related to garnishment: garnishment order
a. A legal proceeding in which a plaintiff seeks the satisfaction of a debt by obtaining a judgment that directs a third party in possession of the property of the defendant to make it available to satisfy the judgment.
b. A court order directing a third party to make such property available.
2. A decoration or ornamentation: "[The house's] rooms ... were gorged with furniture and with garnishments" (Jean Stafford).
1. the act of garnishing
2. decoration or embellishment; garnish
3. (Law) 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
gar•nish•ment(ˈgɑr nɪʃ mənt)
a. a warning served on a third party to hold wages, property, etc., belonging to a debtor.
b. a summons to such a party to appear in court and give testimony in litigation between the debtor and a creditor.
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|Noun||1.||garnishment - 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|
court order - a writ issued by a court of law requiring a person to do something or to refrain from doing something