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 for garnishment
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Garnishment \Gar"nish*ment\, n. [Cf. OF. garnissement
     protection, guarantee, warning.]
     1. Ornament; embellishment; decoration. --Sir H. Wotton.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Law)
        (a) Warning, or legal notice, to one to appear and give
            information to the court on any matter.
        (b) 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.
            [1913 Webster]
     3. A fee. See Garnish, n., 4.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Trustee \Trus*tee"\, n. (Law)
     A person to whom property is legally committed in trust, to
     be applied either for the benefit of specified individuals,
     or for public uses; one who is intrusted with property for
     the benefit of another; also, a person in whose hands the
     effects of another are attached in a trustee process.
     [1913 Webster]
     Trustee process (Law), a process by which a creditor may
        attach his debtor's goods, effects, and credits, in the
        hands of a third person; -- called, in some States, the
        process of foreign attachment, garnishment, or
        factorizing process. [U. S.]
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: 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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  54 Moby Thesaurus words for "garnishment":
     adjunct, adornment, angary, annexation, annexure, arrangement,
     attachment, certiorari, citation, collectivization, color,
     color patterns, commandeering, communalization, communization,
     confiscation, decor, decoration, distraint, distress, elaboration,
     embellishment, emblazonment, emblazonry, embroidery,
     eminent domain, execution, expropriation, flourish,
     flower arrangement, furniture arrangement, garnish, garniture,
     habeas corpus, illumination, impoundment, impressment, levy,
     monition, nationalization, ornament, ornamentation,
     right of angary, sequestration, socialization, subpoena, summons,
     trim, trimming, venire, venire de novo, venire facias,
     window dressing, writ of summons

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  GARNISHMENT. A warning to any one for his appearance, in a cause in which he 
  is not a party, for the information of the court, and explaining a cause. 
  For example, in the practice of Pennsylvania, when an attachment issues 
  against a debtor, in order to secure to the plaintiff a claim due by a, 
  third person to such debtor, notice is given to such third person, which 
  notice is a garnishment, and he is called the garnishee. 
       2. In detinue, the defendant cannot have a sci. fac. to garnish a third 
  person unless he confess the possession of the chattel or thing demanded. 
  Bro. Abr. Garnishment, 1, 5. And when the garnishee comes in, he cannot vary 
  or depart from the allegation of the defendant in his prayer of garnishment. 
  The plaintiff does not declare de novo against the garnishee; but the 
  garnishee, if he appears in due time, may have oyer of the original 
  declaration to which he pleads. See Bro. Abr. Garnishee and Garnishment, pl. 
  8, and this title, passim. 

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