vis·​i·​ta·​tion | \ ˌvi-zə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce visitation (audio) \

Definition of visitation

1 : an instance of visiting: such as
a : an official visit (as for inspection)
c : temporary custody of a child granted to a noncustodial parent visitation rights
2a : a special dispensation of divine favor or wrath
b : a severe trial : affliction
3 capitalized : the visit of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth recounted in Luke and celebrated July 2 by a Christian feast

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Synonyms for visitation


call, visit

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Examples of visitation in a Sentence

He has visitation rights on the weekends. the visitation of a diocese by a bishop Visitation is from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
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Relatives and friends may call for visitation on Monday from 10:00 until 11:00 AM at the church prior to the Mass. Hartford Courant,, "Ann Kelly," 14 July 2018 Two weeks later, friends and family filled Healy Chapel on Downer Place for a visitation. Hannah Leone, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora man killed in shootout with police had complicated history," 11 Apr. 2018 The gunfire broke out around 7 p.m., not long after David Jimenez arrived at the home to pick up his young son for visitation. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "13-year-old suspected in Channelview slaying still on the run," 8 Apr. 2018 The visitation fee is a natural outgrowth of measures instituted in the spring of 2018. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The City of Venice Will Soon Start Charging Tourists an Entrance Fee," 4 Mar. 2019 London Fashion Week ended with an unusual visitation, unannounced except by the blue velvet cushion that appeared on her seat just before the final show started: Queen Elizabeth II had arrived. Matthew Schneier, New York Times, "London Fashion Week Draws the Queen and the Rabble," 21 Feb. 2018 The cost covered embalming, body preparation, visitation, a service and a graveside service. Mark Davis, kansascity, "How much does a funeral cost? Here’s why you probably won’t find prices online," 1 Feb. 2018 There were conflicting reports about whether a funeral, visitation or other event was going on at the time. CBS News, "Shooting in cemetery wounds 5 in San Francisco Bay area," 15 June 2018 His visitation and service is being held Wednesday (May 23) at Maravich Center on the LSU campus. Ron Higgins,, "Rivals who became friends mourn the loss of LSU's Billy Cannon," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of visitation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of visitation

law : the act of visiting your children or the right to visit your children after you are divorced and while they are living with their other parent
formal : an official visit by an important person especially to look at or inspect something
US : a time before a dead person is buried when people may view the body


vis·​i·​ta·​tion | \ ˌvi-zə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce visitation (audio) \

Legal Definition of visitation

1 : an official visit (as for inspection) visitation of the home of a neglected child
2 : access to a child granted especially to a parent who does not have custody supervised visitation visitation rights

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