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

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

Full Definition of DEVOLUTION

:  transference (as of rights, powers, property, or responsibility) to another; especially :  the surrender of powers to local authorities by a central government
:  retrograde evolution :  degeneration
de·vo·lu·tion·ary \-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective
de·vo·lu·tion·ist \-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>


Medieval Latin devolution-, devolutio, from Latin devolvere
First Known Use: 1545

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism


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