Definition of visitation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌvɪzɪˈteɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌvɪzɪˈteɪʃn//
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  1. 1[uncountable] (North American English) the right of a parent who is divorced or separated from his or her partner to visit a child who is living with the partner She is seeking more liberal visitation with her daughter. visitation rights compare access
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] visitation (of/from somebody/something) (formal) an official visit, especially to check that rules are being obeyed and everything is as it should be
  3. 3[countable] visitation (of/from somebody/something) (formal) an unexpected appearance of something, for example a ghost
  4. 4[countable] visitation (of something) (formal) a disaster that is believed to be a punishment from God a visitation of plague
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, or from late Latin visitatio(n-), from the verb visitare ‘go to see’, frequentative of visare ‘to view’, from videre ‘to see’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: visitation