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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On Sunday, 22 hearses - one for each victim- carried the flowers from the Reckard visitation and funeral to the makeshift memorial for all of the victims at the Walmart. Dallas News, "Husband of El Paso massacre victim has his SUV stolen on the day he buries her," 20 Aug. 2019 Hour later, the La Paz Faith Memorial and Spiritual Center in El Paso would be spilling over with bouquets, as hundreds of strangers came to pay their respects to Ms. Reckard at her visitation and prayer service. New York Times, "In El Paso, Hundreds Show Up to Mourn a Woman They Didn’t Know," 16 Aug. 2019 Planning is underway for the visitation and funeral. Sheila Vilvens,, "MIA for nearly 70 years, the remains of an Ohio soldier are coming home," 27 June 2019 The family will have visitation at 2pm-3pm with funeral service at 3 pm., "Deaths in Central Florida: 8/20," 20 Aug. 2019 The professional singer drove six hours from Sante Fe, N.M., and had stood for two hours in the visitation line. New York Times, "In El Paso, Hundreds Show Up to Mourn a Woman They Didn’t Know," 16 Aug. 2019 Franklin's passing on Aug. 16, 2018, cast the world's spotlight onto Detroit, where a three-day visitation drew thousands of mourners and a nine-hour funeral welcomed a host of dignitaries and high-profile entertainers. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Aretha Franklin: A year after death, she remains larger than life," 16 Aug. 2019 Within 24 hours, the Perches Funeral Home received 300 phone calls for Friday’s visitation and funeral service for Margie Reckard, a 53-year-old woman who was one of 22 people killed during a mass shooting at the El Paso Walmart on Aug. 3. Elaine Aradillas,, "Strangers Answer Call to Attend Funeral for El Paso Shooting Victim," 15 Aug. 2019 Egypt, where tourism was a cornerstone of the economy, saw visitation drop by two-thirds after the Arab Spring and subsequent political unrest. Rachel Monroe, Outside Online, "Last winter, Moroccan officials found two hikers dead on the trail to the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. The international investigation that followed revealed the fragility of the adventure travel economy, as well as what happens when a small tourist hub is suddenly made strange by violence.," 29 July 2019

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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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