decentralization

noun de·cen·tral·i·za·tion \ (ˌ)dē-ˌsen-trə-lə-ˈzā-shən \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of decentralization

1 : the dispersion or distribution of functions and powers
  • a decentralization of powers
; specificallygovernment : the delegation of power from a central authority to regional and local authorities
  • the decentralization of the state's public school system
  • government decentralization
2 sociology : the redistribution of population and industry from urban centers to outlying areas

decentralize

play \(ˌ)dē-ˈsen-trə-ˌlīz\ verb

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First Known Use of decentralization

1846



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