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decentralization

noun de·cen·tral·i·za·tion \(ˌ)dē-ˌsen-trə-lə-ˈzā-shən\

Definition of DECENTRALIZATION

1
:  the dispersion or distribution of functions and powers; specifically :  the delegation of power from a central authority to regional and local authorities
2
:  the redistribution of population and industry from urban centers to outlying areas
de·cen·tral·ize \(ˌ)dē-ˈsen-trə-ˌlīz\ verb

First Known Use of DECENTRALIZATION

1846

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