vis·​i·​ta·​tion | \ˌvi-zə-ˈtā-shən \

Definition of visitation 

1 : an instance of visiting: such as

a : an official visit (as for inspection)

b : wake entry 2 sense 3

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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McCain will lie in state throughout the day under the rotunda, where a public visitation will also be held. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "John McCain honored at US Capitol, lawmakers pay tribute to 'generational leader'," 31 Aug. 2018 The victim was staying with Parhams, and her husband, Carl, 50, for the weekend as part of a visitation agreement, according to an arrest warrant, cited by KLBK. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "She didn’t want him to cheat — so they assaulted 2 underage family members instead, Texas police say | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 21 Feb. 2018 Because of the heavy smoke and poor air quality, the NPS is asking travelers to limit their activity and visitation to Yosemite, which is in its peak tourist season. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Yosemite National Park Evacuates Tourists, Closes Parts Due to Fire," 25 July 2018 The 2016-2017 ski season was a boon for resorts in the West because of record snowfall and surging visitation numbers. Hugo Martin,, "Another weak snow season brings zip lines, yoga, cycling to California resorts this summer," 29 June 2018 Rangers considered the weather forecast, forest health, visitation numbers and the availability of firefighting equipment before making the decision. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Wildfires in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona force closure of large chunks of forest," 12 June 2018 The parks had previously enjoyed an extraordinarily strong 2016 – when 10 park sites around the region saw record visitation numbers – but the counts from 2017 show a positive trend that has continued across the board., "Northwest national parks had another big year for visitation in 2017," 5 Feb. 2018 There can be several consequences against families as a result of an educational neglect charge, including loss of custody rights, loss of visitation or — in severe cases — criminal penalties, though that's rare, Legal Match states on its website. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Missouri mom charged over 9-year-old boy's poor school attendance," 22 June 2018 Her public visitation will be at the church on Friday between noon and midnight, and her funeral, which is invitation only, will be held on Saturday. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Man spotted on roof of St. Martin's Episcopal Church days before Barbara Bush's funeral," 18 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'visitation.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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

: 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 \

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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