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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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 Officer Justin Billa's funeral will take place on the morning of Feb. 27 at Cottage Hill Baptist Church at 10 a.m. Doors will open for public visitation at 8.30 a.m., according to a Mobile city press release. Christopher Harress,, "Funeral arrangements set for fallen Mobile Police officer Justin Billa," 22 Feb. 2018 But maybe there were some answers in what Marisol told a group of young ballplayers at a visitation the day after her son died. Vahe Gregorian And Maria Torres, kansascity, "Yordano Ventura’s final year filled with family turmoil, emotional distress," 6 July 2018 Funeral arrangements have been set, with a visitation on Tuesday at Thompson-Miller Funeral Home and a funeral on Wednesday at Hill United Presbyterian Church, The Butler Eagle reported. Dave Quinn,, "Girl, 17, Dies After Seemingly Falling in Shower and Drowning When Hair Blocks Drain, Parents Say," 5 June 2018 The service will immediately follow the visitation at 6:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held on Friday, March 23rd at 11 a.m. at Jefferson Memorial's adjoining garden. Carol Robinson,, "Man charged in deadly baseball bat beating of Gardendale mother," 21 Mar. 2018 In addition to spousal support, Davis is also reportedly asking for joint legal and primary physical custody of their two daughters Lillie, 13, and Mary, 17 with Bush getting visitation rights. Mariah Haas, Fox News, "Billy Bush's wife, Sydney Davis, files for divorce after nearly 20 years of marriage: report," 13 July 2018 But thte news hasn’t been all good, as frequent rains in early June put a damper on pool visitation numbers. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "Southland's public pools hope heat brings crowds of swimmers," 15 June 2018 Pulizzi, who is Busone’s sister, said Busone was petitioning for full custody and wanted Ligurgo to undergo drug testing and a psychological examination as a condition of his visitation. Washington Post, "Police: Missing 2-year-old, father believed dead in Virginia," 7 June 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

: 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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