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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obsolescence - the process of becoming obsolete; falling into disuse or becoming out of date; "a policy of planned obsolescence"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
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Committed devolutionists do not think of Wales as somewhere on the western side of the UK but as a nation more than capable of setting its own path for economic development but held back by the refusal of support for projects such as the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.
So, devolutionists have to up their game to be taken seriously.
DEVOLUTIONISTS are really Nationalists with brains and I prefer to cross swords with the former rather than the latter who rely only on rhetoric and the atrocious behaviour of our forebears to try to make their case.
When Conservative leader David Cameron talks about a post-bureaucratic age where top-down central government controls will be stripped away in favour of a glorious new age of people power, he is merely re-treading the ground occupied over the years by devolutionists - who invariably find reasons to back track as soon as they get to Downing Street.
TONY Lewis (Viewpoints, Wednesday May 7) was correct when he summed up this all-engulfing monster that devolutionists have created.
9 million voters, higher than some recent local elections, denying devolutionists any claim that it was unrepresentative.
And the party will co-operate with the Scotland Forward devolutionists in order to secure a positive turn-out.