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 Facilities that have not had a new positive case originate there within the past 14 days and have adequate staffing to meet the needs of residents will be eligible to submit a plan for resuming indoor visitation. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Eviction problems, student pushback, coastal rental boom: News from around our 50 states," 9 Sep. 2020 Several states have permitted only outdoor visitation because the risk of the virus’s transmission is considered lower outside. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, "What nursing homes need: Lockdown safety – and room for hugs," 9 Sep. 2020 Graves said the decision to resume visitation will be based on case counts at individual units, as well as advice from the Health Department and Wellpath, the agency's health care contractor. Andy Davis, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas' virus cases soar by 969," 4 Sep. 2020 Last month the state began allowing outside visitation at homes that test staff weekly and have gone 14 days without a new coronavirus case. Dallas News, "Texas nursing homes must routinely test staff for COVID-19 or face fines," 3 Sep. 2020 In addition to suspending in-person social visits, legal visitation was allowed on a case-by-case basis. Clare Hymes, CBS News, "Federal prisons will resume visitations in October," 2 Sep. 2020 Cohen issued a secretarial order Tuesday that allows outdoor visitation at nursing homes and certain long-term care facilities. Nyamekye Daniel, Washington Examiner, "Governor moves North Carolina to reopening phase 2.5," 2 Sep. 2020 Those mitigation steps cover a long list of rules and restrictions, including that facilities must have no new onset of COVID-19 cases for 14 days before allowing visitation and that visits take place by appointment only. Kate Santich,, "Gov. Ron DeSantis reopens nursing homes, assisted living facilities to visitors," 1 Sep. 2020 The Bureau of Prisons had suspended all visitation in March as part of its coronavirus response plan. Michael Balsamo And Michael R. Sisak, Star Tribune, "Visitation to begin again at federal prisons in October," 31 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of visitation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Sep 2020

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“Visitation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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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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