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.
a summons to a third party to appear in litigation pending between a creditor and debtor.
adornment or decoration.
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How to use garnishment in a sentence
The filing fees are low, the courts rule in plaintiffs’ favor when defendants don’t show up and once a district has a judgment, it can return to court to seek a garnishment of a parent’s wages or, in some cases, their assets.The Pandemic Hasn’t Stopped This School District From Suing Parents Over Unpaid Textbook Fees | by Ellis Simani, ProPublica, and Kim Kilbride, South Bend Tribune | December 12, 2020 | ProPublica
Because employers can be held liable for failure to adhere to a wage garnishment order, they are reluctant to act without explicit direction from the Education Department.Looming end to student loan payment moratorium raises fears among defaulted borrowers | Danielle Douglas-Gabriel | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
Although the federal agency instructs employers to cease garnishment, companies must take action to end it.Looming end to student loan payment moratorium raises fears among defaulted borrowers | Danielle Douglas-Gabriel | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
The suits routinely result in judgments, which in turn usually result in attempts at garnishment, according to a ProPublica analysis of Missouri court filings.Debt Collectors Have Made a Fortune This Year. Now They’re Coming for More. | by Paul Kiel and Jeff Ernsthausen | October 5, 2020 | ProPublica
On paper, Randall Ward would seem to be well-insulated from garnishment.Debt Collectors Have Made a Fortune This Year. Now They’re Coming for More. | by Paul Kiel and Jeff Ernsthausen | October 5, 2020 | ProPublica
Change the map into a steaming roast turkey by adding the lines to form the wing, the "drumstick," the garnishment and the plate.Crayon and Character: Truth Made Clear Through Eye and Ear | B.J. Griswold
The Roman god of wine, frequently invoked in the garnishment of Latin and Italian speech.Browning's Shorter Poems | Robert Browning
Now we know that garnishment is transcendent brightness, and brilliancy; to adorn and polish surface.The Spirit of God As Fire | D. Mortimore
There is also exemption from levy on execution, attachment, or garnishment sixty per cent.How to Collect a Doctor Bill | Frank P. Davis
The following personal property is exempt from seizure or sale on any execution and from attachment or garnishment: 1st.How to Collect a Doctor Bill | Frank P. Davis
British Dictionary definitions for garnishment
the act of garnishing
decoration or embellishment; garnish
a notice or warning
obsolete a summons to court proceedings already in progress
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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