American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Law A legal proceeding whereby money or property due a debtor but in the possession of another is applied to the payment of the debt owed to the plaintiff.
- n. Law A court order directing a third party who holds money or property belonging to a defendant to withhold it and appear in court to answer inquiries.
- n. Ornamentation; embellishment.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which garnishes; ornament; embellishment.
- n. In law, warning; notice given in course of proceedings at law to a third person who should be brought in or have opportunity to come in as a party. More specifically— Legal notice to the agent or attorney of an absconding debtor for him to appear in court or give information.
- n. A fee. See garnish, n., 5.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Ornament; embellishment; decoration.
- n. Warning, or legal notice, to one to appear and give information to the court on any matter.
- n. Warning to a person in whose hands the effects of another are attached, not to pay the money or deliver the goods to the defendant, but to appear in court and give information as garnishee.
- n. A fee. See Garnish, n., 4.
- n. 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
“Lewis, with Roetzel & Andress law firm, attempted to seize money from the developer's bank accounts, through a legal tactic known as garnishment, to get the money owed to Lopez, Chaparro and Rodriguez-Storer.”
“Your garnishment is the end result of a long series of letters, calls, summons and court actions on behalf of the creditor to get either of you to step up and pay what is owed or to negotiate a mutually acceptable, debt is between six months and a year old or older.”
“Can you directly quote Hillary calling it "garnishment"?”
“And here's where the "garnishment" headlines on FoxNews and Obama's campaign releases came from.”
“I'll start here by saying that the Right Wing, including the MCM, loves to frame the health care proposal as "garnishment," even though it is the same as "garnishing" wages for Social Security, which has been going on for decades.”
“Elite's contracts "clearly explain all the negatives, such as garnishment, that interest rates will accrue and that late fees will apply," says a supervisor at the firm.”
“Futhermore, in family law cases the courts can order an "income assignment" which is similar to "garnishment" although while garnishment is tapped at 35% of GROSS pay, income assignment is tapped at 65% percent of GROSS earnings (i.e., before taxes).”
“He threatens — in quotation marks — that "failure to work out a repayment plan may result in legal actions such as wage garnishment or a judgment being filed.”
“Including reporting you to credit agencies, withholding of taxes, leans, and garnishment of wages for unpaid medical bills.”
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