garnishment

garnishment
garnishee gar‧ni‧shee 1 [ˌgɑːnɪˈʆiː ǁ ˌgɑːr-] also gar‧nish [ˈgɑːnɪʆ ǁ ˈgɑːr-] verb [transitive]
LAW if a court of law garnishees someone's money or property, it orders an organization holding it, for example a bank or an employer, to send it to the court in order to pay that person's debts:

• Military law holds armed forces personnel responsible for their debts, and wages can be garnisheed to pay them.

• One method of getting your money back is to obtain a garnishee order requiring money to be paid out of your debtor's bank account.

— garnishment noun [countable, uncountable] :

• Five states, including Texas, don't permit garnishment of wages.

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garnish UK US /ˈgɑːnɪʃ/ verb [T] (also garnishee) LAW
to take part of the income or property of someone who owes a debt and give it to a court in order to pay the debt: »

After his house and car were taken, and wages garnished, he was forced to move in with his parents.

garnishment noun [U]
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The state does not permit wage garnishment for most civil debts.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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