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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While growing at a slower rate than a year ago at this time, visitation was up by 100,000, bringing the total number of guests to 6.5 million during the quarter ending June 30. San Diego Union-Tribune, "SeaWorld’s rebound remains on track as attendance continues to climb," 6 Aug. 2019 Juan Rodriguez and his wife, Marissa, arrived shortly before the visitation was to start at Sinatra Memorial Home in Yonkers. Tiffany Cusaac-smith, USA TODAY, "Dozens gather to mourn twin toddlers who died in hot car," 2 Aug. 2019 Are these disturbances some kind of supernatural visitation, somebody close to the family playing a sinister prank or even one of Greg's criminal foes seeking vengeance? Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'I See You': Film Review | Edinburgh 2019," 8 July 2019 Since then, more than 400 filings have been entered as the couple tried to settle matters of child custody and visitation, alimony and child support. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Fotis Dulos, husband of missing Connecticut mother, fiercely defends his innocence," 2 July 2019 The increase in enforcement has accompanied a rise in park visitation nationally, with 318 million visitors last year, up 16% in a decade. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "To protect wildlife, national park rangers use an unusual tool: radar guns," 25 July 2019 The two relatives who were injured are recovering, but Adam Sergiwa said family members in Libya have been denied visitation by the local hospital without explanation. Linda Givetash, NBC News, "American family of kidnapped Libyan politician pleads for her return," 22 July 2019 But again, in the real world, a grandparent like Mary Louise might have a shot at getting visitation, said Walzer, who is president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "In real life? Meryl Streep’s ‘Big Little Lies’ grandmother couldn’t take Nicole Kidman’s kids very easily," 20 July 2019 The only modification of the custody orders was some additional visitation hours for Corey and the paternal grandparents during the holidays this year. Helen Murphy,, "Audrina Patridge Has a 'Nice Reset' with Daughter Kirra After Being Granted Restraining Order," 20 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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