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)
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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There were conflicting reports about whether a funeral, visitation or other event was going on at the time. CBS News, "Shooting in cemetery wounds 5 in San Francisco Bay area," 15 June 2018 His visitation and service is being held Wednesday (May 23) at Maravich Center on the LSU campus. Ron Higgins,, "Rivals who became friends mourn the loss of LSU's Billy Cannon," 23 May 2018 Others rely on staff to meet visitation and communication requirements in their state contracts. Hillary Borrud,, "Oregon officials consider increasing accountability for foster children's lawyers," 18 May 2018 As months turn into years, those seeking the divorce may be more willing to give in on issues of visitation or child support in order to put an end to the case. Zoe Greenberg, New York Times, "Their Husbands Abused Them. Shouldn’t Divorce Be Easy?," 11 May 2018 Traffic is likely to be heavy this week in Charlotte due to two big events – the CIAA basketball tournament and Billy Graham’s visitation and funeral. Jane Wester, charlotteobserver, "Prepare for traffic, Charlotte, as Billy Graham events intersect with CIAA tournament | Charlotte Observer," 25 Feb. 2018 Jackson's visitation and funeral will be held at the Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 11 and 12. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Edwin Jackson's family releases statement on his 'sudden and tragic loss'," 7 Feb. 2018 To be sure, the spooky tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s Christmas-eve visitation by a tag team of spirits from the great beyond appears at first blush to be a thoroughly Christian parable of the power of grace to melt the hearts of men. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "How the Movies Invented Christmas," 20 Dec. 2018 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

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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 \

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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