Devolution Definition

dĕvə-lo͝oshən, dēvə-
noun
A rolling down or falling.
Webster's New World
A passing down from stage to stage.
Webster's New World
Transference, as of rights or qualities, to a successor.
American Heritage
The passing (of property, rights, authority, etc.) from one person to another.
Webster's New World
A delegating (of duties) to a substitute or subordinate.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Devolution

Noun

Singular:
devolution
Plural:
devolutions

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

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