visitation

noun

vis·​i·​ta·​tion ˌvi-zə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce visitation (audio)
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
2
a
: 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Movement restrictions have eased at Waupun and Green Bay, but as of the department's latest update in April, in-person visitation had not resumed at Waupun and recreation time was still limited. CBS News, 5 June 2024 The process of formulating a management strategy to flatten the explosive growth of park visitation began in 2016 under then-superintendent Darla Sidles. John Meyer, The Denver Post, 30 May 2024 Sam Dent, a 41-year-old father of two, was about to spend his visitation day with his 13-year-old son and was crossing the street toward the boy when he was fatally struck by a driver Feb. 26. Ariane Lange, Sacramento Bee, 30 May 2024 The actress asked for sole physical custody of their five kids, Liam Aaron McDermott, 17, Stella Doreen, 15, Hattie Margaret, 12, Finn Davey, 11 and Beau Dean, 7, and joint legal custody with McDermott with visitation rights to be determined. Brendan Le, Peoplemag, 21 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for visitation 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of visitation was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Visitation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/visitation. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

visitation

noun
vis·​i·​ta·​tion ˌviz-ə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce visitation (audio)
: an instance of visiting
especially : a visit by an important person for a reason (as an inspection)

Legal Definition

visitation

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