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dev·o·lu·tion

 (dĕv′ə-lo͞o′shən, dē′və-)
n.
1. A passing down or descent through successive stages of time or a process.
2. Transference, as of rights or qualities, to a successor.
3. Delegation of authority or duties to a subordinate or substitute.
4. A transfer of powers from a central government to local units.
5. Biology Degeneration.

[Late Latin dēvolūtiō, dēvolūtiōn-, from Latin dēvolūtus, past participle of dēvolvere, to roll down, fall to; see devolve.]

dev′o·lu′tion·ar′y (-shə-nĕr′ē) adj.
dev′o·lu′tion·ist n.

devolution

(ˌdiːvəˈluːʃən)
n
1. the act, fact, or result of devolving
2. a passing onwards or downwards from one stage to another
3. (Biology) another word for degeneration3
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a transfer or allocation of authority, esp from a central government to regional governments or particular interests
[C16: from Medieval Latin dēvolūtiō a rolling down, from Latin dēvolvere to roll down, sink into; see devolve]
ˌdevoˈlutionary adj
ˌdevoˈlutionist n, adj

dev•o•lu•tion

(ˌdɛv əˈlu ʃən; esp. Brit. ˈdi və-)

n.
1. the act or fact of devolving; passage onward from stage to stage.
2. the passing on to a successor of property or an unexercised right.
3. disappearance or simplification of structure or function in the course of evolution.
4. the transfer of power or authority from a central government to a local government.
[1535–45; (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin dēvolūtiō; see devolve, revolution]
dev`o•lu′tion•ar′y, adj., n.
dev`o•lu′tion•ist, n.

devolution

- A passing down from stage to stage or the passing of property, rights, or authority from one person to another; it implies moving backward.
See also related terms for rights.

devolution

The transfer of power from a central government to smaller units such as regional authorities.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.devolution - the process of declining from a higher to a lower level of effective power or vitality or essential quality
physical process, process - a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states; "events now in process"; "the process of calcification begins later for boys than for girls"
attack - the onset of a corrosive or destructive process (as by a chemical agent); "the film was sensitive to attack by acids"; "open to attack by the elements"
obsolescence - the process of becoming obsolete; falling into disuse or becoming out of date; "a policy of planned obsolescence"
macular degeneration - eye disease caused by degeneration of the cells of the macula lutea and results in blurred vision; can cause blindness
evolution, development - a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage); "the development of his ideas took many years"; "the evolution of Greek civilization"; "the slow development of her skill as a writer"
2.devolution - the delegation of authority (especially from a central to a regional government)
governing, government activity, government, governance, administration - the act of governing; exercising authority; "regulations for the governing of state prisons"; "he had considerable experience of government"
delegating, relegating, relegation, delegation, deputation - authorizing subordinates to make certain decisions

devolution

noun transfer of power, decentralization, distribution of power, surrender of power, relinquishment of power We are talking about devolution for Scotland.
Translations

devolution

[ˌdiːvəˈluːʃən] Ndelegación f (de poderes) (Pol) → traspaso m de competencias (Brit) (Pol) → descentralización f
most Welsh people want devolutionla mayoría de los galeses quieren la autonomía

devolution

[ˌdɛvəˈluːʃən ˌdiːvəˈluːʃən] ndécentralisation f

devolution

n
(of power)Übertragung f (→ from … to von … auf +acc); (Pol) → Dezentralisierung f
(Jur, of property, = active devolving) → Übertragung f; (= being devolved)Übergang m
(Biol) → Rückentwicklung f, → Degeneration f

devolution

[ˌdiːvəˈluːʃn] n (Pol) → decentramento

dev·o·lu·tion

n. devolución. V.: catabolism
References in classic literature ?
Felix, though an offshoot from a far more recent point in the devolution of theology than his father, was less self-sacrificing and disinterested.
Friday's announcement by the Prime Minister on further powers for the Welsh Government was the latest in three devolution deals; Scotland had the "Burns night declaration", Northern Ireland had the Stormont Agreement and now Wales has had the St David's Day announcement.
On June 28, the Federal Cabinet, while approving devolution of the seven ministries, decided that the number of ministers would remain unchanged in the Federal Cabinet and those left without a portfolio as a result of devolution would be given new assignments by the Prime Minister, PILDAT stated on Wednesday.
A TORY-RUN Wales Office would more strictly oversee devolution to ensure that it works, shadow Welsh minister David Jones said yesterday.
Ministers yesterday backed a plan known as "devolution max" in a report on Scotland's future.
Birmingham's people-power experiment will be re-launched after a Government report said council devolution is failing.
He said on Friday constitutional changes should strengthen devolution and involve all stakeholders, not just the political class.
Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa has blamed the current stalemate between the Senators and MPs over revenue allocation to counties on rivalry between the two Houses.The CS also backed Constitutional changes that will define the roles of the Upper House, saying that will effectively cure the rivalry being witnessed currently.
As Scotland marks 20 years of the Scottish Parliament, it's clear we need leaders who recognise the immense possibilities and rich potential of devolution outside of the constitutional debate, writes Brian Wilson
Monmouth Conservative MP David Davies, who chairs the committee, said: "I'm not often persuaded by arguments for devolution, but the evidence my committee heard about the benefits of devolving APD was absolutely convincing.