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 for The Order of the Visitation of Our Lady
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Visitation \Vis`it*a"tion\, n. [L. visitatio: cf. F.
     visitation.]
     1. The act of visiting, or the state of being visited; access
        for inspection or examination.
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              Nothing but peace and gentle visitation. --Shak.
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     2. Specifically: The act of a superior or superintending
        officer who, in the discharge of his office, visits a
        corporation, college, etc., to examine into the manner in
        which it is conducted, and see that its laws and
        regulations are duly observed and executed; as, the
        visitation of a diocese by a bishop.
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     3. The object of a visit. [Obs.] "O flowers, . . . my early
        visitation and my last." --Milton.
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     4. (Internat. Law) The act of a naval commander who visits,
        or enters on board, a vessel belonging to another nation,
        for the purpose of ascertaining her character and object,
        but without claiming or exercising a right of searching
        the vessel. It is, however, usually coupled with the right
        of search (see under Search), visitation being used for
        the purpose of search.
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     5. Special dispensation; communication of divine favor and
        goodness, or, more usually, of divine wrath and vengeance;
        retributive calamity; retribution; judgment.
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              What will ye do in the day of visitation? --Isa. x.
                                                    3.
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     6. (Eccl.) A festival in honor of the visit of the Virgin
        Mary to Elisabeth, mother of John the Baptist, celebrated
        on the second of July.
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     The Order of the Visitation of Our Lady (R. C. Ch.), a
        religious community of nuns, founded at Annecy, in Savoy,
        in 1610, and in 1808 established in the United States. In
        America these nuns are devoted to the education of girls.
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