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devolution

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noun de·vo·lu·tion \ˌde-və-ˈlü-shən also ˌdē-və-\

Simple Definition of devolution

  • : the act or process by which a central government gives power, property, etc., to local groups or governments

Full Definition of devolution

  1. 1 :  transference (as of rights, powers, property, or responsibility) to another; especially :  the surrender of powers to local authorities by a central government

  2. 2 :  retrograde evolution :  degeneration

de·vo·lu·tion·ary play \-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective
de·vo·lu·tion·ist play \-sh(ə-)nist\ noun

Examples of devolution

  1. <the gradual devolution of the neighborhood from a thriving community of close-knit families to a drug-ridden slum>



Origin of devolution

Medieval Latin devolution-, devolutio, from Latin devolvere


First Known Use: 1545



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