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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Last month, Fort Worth family court judge Alex Kim gave the Brackeens primary custody of Zachary's half-sister, with the tribal family getting visitation rights. Arnessa Garrett, Dallas News, "NYT spotlights white Fort Worth couple's fight to adopt Native American child," 5 June 2019 Dwight’s attorney claimed she was driven to the visitations with an armed bodyguard. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "Scottsdale shooting suspect left divorce full of discord, YouTube channel full of grudges," 4 June 2018 Funeral services are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 18, at Grace Church, 5504 E. 146th St., Noblesville, with visitation beginning at 4 p.m. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Rick Benick, guitarist in Indianapolis rock band Roadmaster, dies at 66," 14 June 2018 In the empty visitation room, Valera sat across from the young man with black, rectangular glasses resting on full cheeks. Allegra Abramo, The Seattle Times, "Youth often become homeless just after leaving juvenile detention. Can Washington state really stop it?," 29 Mar. 2019 La Salle has only one attorney visitation room, while the facility holds up to 1,200 detainees. Maria Clark,, "There's only 1 room for 1,200 immigrants at La. detention center to meet with lawyers: SPLC," 4 May 2018 Her funeral was held Aug. 15 at Mission Park North on Cherry Ridge, and her body was placed in a visitation room to await transfer to cremation. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, "Funeral director says father accused daughter’s ex-boyfriend of stealing her body," 8 Feb. 2018 Jennifer Wesselhoff, president and CEO of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, said via email that even a partial closure of U.S. Forest Service land could have an impact on visitation to that city. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Despite forest closures, northern Arizona open for business on Memorial Day weekend," 24 May 2018 Further, Patridge requested documents pertaining to Bohan’s passport and his extensive travels and connections to foreign countries, which is relevant to the issue of international child custody and visitation. Christina Dugan,, "Audrina Patridge Accuses Ex Corey Bohan of Removing Documents & Videos from Home Amid Divorce," 21 Feb. 2018

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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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