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in·vi·ta·tion / ˌinviˈtāshən/ • n. a written or verbal request inviting someone to go somewhere or to do something: a wedding invitation. ∎  the action of inviting someone to go somewhere or to do something: a club with membership by invitation only an herb garden where guests can go only at the invitation of the chef. ∎  [in sing.] a situation or action that tempts someone to do something or makes a particular outcome likely: tactics like those of the colonel would have been an invitation to disaster.


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The act by which an owner or occupier of particular land or premises encourages or attracts others to enter, remain in, or otherwise make use of his or her property.

Common examples of those who extend invitations are the proprietors of stores, theaters, or banks, since they invite the general public to enter and utilize their facilities.

An individual who enters property as a result of an invitation is owed a higher duty of care than one who is a trespasser or licensee, one who enters another's property for his or her own purposes. The owner of property must exercise reasonable care toward an invitee to ascertain that the property is safe for his or her use.