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visitation

noun uk   /ˌvɪz.ɪˈteɪ.ʃən/ us  
[C] an official visit from someone important: humorous We're awaiting a visitation from the inspector. [U] US an arrangement in which a divorced parent may spend time with the children he or she no longer lives with, at agreed times and under agreed conditions: The mother agreed to visitation rights for the boys' father. [C] formal an event that is considered to be a message or a punishment from God: In 1917 three shepherd children reported a visitation from the Virgin Mary.
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