Devolution meaning

dĕvə-lo͝oshən, dēvə-
Degeneration.
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A passing down or descent through successive stages of time or a process.
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Transference, as of rights or qualities, to a successor.
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Delegation of authority or duties to a subordinate or substitute.
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A transfer of powers from a central government to local units.
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A rolling down or falling.
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A passing down from stage to stage.
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The passing (of property, rights, authority, etc.) from one person to another.
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A delegating (of duties) to a substitute or subordinate.
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A delegating (of power or authority) by a central government to local governing units.
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Evolution in function or structure toward greater simplicity or to the point of disappearance; degeneration.
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A descent, especially one that passes through a series of revolutions, or by succession.
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The transference of a right to a successor, or of a power from one body to another.
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(pejorative) Degeneration (as opposed to evolution).
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(UK) The transfer of some powers, and the delegation of some functions, from a central sovereign government to local government; eg. from Westminster to Scottish parliament and Welsh assembly.
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Origin of devolution

  • Late Latin dēvolūtiō dēvolūtiōn- from Latin dēvolūtus past participle of dēvolvere to roll down, fall to devolve

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition