AskDefine | Define visitation

Dictionary Definition



1 an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event; "his mother-in-law's visits were a great trial for him"; "life is full of tribulations"; "a visitation of the plague" [syn: trial, tribulation]
2 any disaster or catastrophe; "a visitation of the plague"
3 an official visit for inspection or supervision; "the commissioner made visitations to all the precinct stations"; "the recent visitation of the bishop to his diocese"

User Contributed Dictionary

see Visitation



  1. The act of visiting, or an instance of being visited.
  2. An official visit to inspect or examine something.
  3. An encounter with supernatural beings such as ghosts or aliens.
  4. The right of a separated or divorced parent to visit a child; access.
  5. A punishment or blessing ordained by God.

Extensive Definition

Visitation may refer to:
In law:
  • In United States Law, the term for the right of a non-custodial parent to visit with their children, elsewhere known as Contact (law)
  • An official visit, usually for purposes of inspection, and the record of that visit. Both in English and Spanish (colonial) history.
In religion:
  • a Funeral Visitation, in the United States and Canada, a funeral custom where a mourner visits the deceased person's family and views the body lying in the casket, either at a funeral home or church.
In history:
  • Heraldic visitations were made to establish the right of a person to bear arms, and are used today in genealogical research.
In popular culture:
  • Supernatural Visitation, an experience of presence or communication between the recently deceased and their spouse or progeny
visitation in French: Visitation
visitation in Croatian: Vizitacija (razdvojba)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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