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In law, attachment of a debtor's wages to satisfy a judgment. Under a garnishment order, the court requires the employer to deduct and pay to the creditor a percentage of the debtor's salary until the debt is satisfied. As legal redress, the practice can be traced to Roman law. See alsodebtor and creditor.
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