garnishee

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v garnishee take a debtor's wages on legal orders, such as for child support "His employer garnished his wages in order to pay his debt"
    • n garnishee a wage earner who is served with a garnishment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Garnishee (Law) One who is garnished; a person upon whom garnishment has been served in a suit by a creditor against a debtor, such person holding property belonging to the debtor, or owing him money.☞ The order by which warning is made is called a garnishee order.
    • v. t Garnishee (Law) To make (a person) a garnishee; to warn by garnishment; to garnish.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n garnishee In law, a person warned, at the suit of a creditor plaintiff, not to pay money which he owes to, or deliver over property which belongs to, the defendant, because he is indebted to the plaintiff.
    • garnishee In law, to stop in the hands of a third person, by legal process (money due or property belonging to the plaintiff's debtor), in order to require it to be paid over to plaintiff in satisfaction of his demand: as, to garnishee the wages of a debtor, or his bank account.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Garnishee a person warned not to pay money owed to another, because the latter is indebted to the garnisher who gives the warning (v.t. to attach a debtor's money in this way)
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. garniss-, stem of garnir, to furnish, old form warnir, from a Teut. root seen in A.S. warnian, Ger. warnen, Eng. warn.

Usage

In literature:

Playing cards, hobnobbing with flash toffs with a swank glass in their eye, adrinking fizz and he half smothered in writs and garnishee orders.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Associated Words: garnishee, distrain, distress, debenture.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
A question of private ownership not worth a garnishee might set a whole nation afire!
"Gideon's Band" by George W. Cable
Has that Walton woman garnisheed the missionary collection?
"The Co-Citizens" by Corra Harris
This order binds the debts in the hands of the garnishee, and if he does not dispute his liability execution issues against him at once.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 8" by Various
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In poetry:

Thus solemnly spoke the Bar's counsel, and sighed—
The Garnishee plainly and frankly replied,
That he had no effects, and could not get enough
To pay his own debt, which he thought rather tough.
"Scire Facias" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard
The Docket non ested, the Garnishee proved
That the chattels were gone, and the assets removed—
That they had not been heard of for full half a year,
So he took to the Statute, and swore himself clear.
"Scire Facias" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard

In news:

Collection cases, garnishee, garnishment, investment retirement account, IRA Holland-based Macatawa Bank had a judgment against a debtor who defaulted on a loan.
SF fire chief's wages garnisheed - spousal support.
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