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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Annual park visitation plummeted in 2020, due to a combination of COVID-19, staffing shortages, wildfires and winter storms – though some parks may have felt just as crowded as ever. oregonlive, 16 Sep. 2021 The Cleveland Clinic is tightening its visitation limits as COVID-19 cases remain elevated, Julie Washington reports. cleveland, 14 Sep. 2021 In 2019, the National Park Service last saw its highest yearly visitation, with more than 327 million visitors nationwide. Stephen Goin, Fox News, 7 Sep. 2021 Beyond delta variant’s uptick and last week’s visitation of Hurricane Ida, Jay-Z’s annual Made in America music festival in Philadelphia — canceled in 2020, as were most music festivals, due to COVID-19 — could have been a wash. A.d. Amorosi, Variety, 6 Sep. 2021 Although official numbers won’t be reported until early next year, many parks are on track to obliterate their visitation records. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 The Alta mayor noted that canyon visitation is skyrocketing outside the ski areas. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Sep. 2021 Family visitation begins at 1 p.m. followed by a 2 p.m. service. J.c. Carnahan,, 1 Sep. 2021 Syesha Mercado said Amen'Ra was taken from her custody on March 11 American Idol alum Syesha Mercado enjoyed a two-hour visitation with her son Amen'Ra on Sunday amid her months-long battle to bring the little boy home. Rachel Desantis,, 30 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of visitation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Visitation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of visitation

: 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
: an official visit by an important person especially to look at or inspect something
: 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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