garnishment

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

gar·nish·ment

noun \ˈgär-nish-mənt\

Definition of GARNISHMENT

2
:  a legal summons or warning concerning the attachment of property to satisfy a debt
3
:  a stoppage of a specified sum from wages to satisfy a creditor or a legal obligation (as child support)

Examples of GARNISHMENT

  1. <a high-end caterer whose dishes feature an array of over-the-top garnishments>

First Known Use of GARNISHMENT

1550

garnishment

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

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 also debtor and creditor.

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