decentralization

noun
de·​cen·​tral·​i·​za·​tion | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌsen-trə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce decentralization (audio) \

Definition of decentralization

1 : the dispersion or distribution of functions and powers a decentralization of powers specifically, government : 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

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Other Words from decentralization

decentralize \ (ˌ)dē-​ˈsen-​trə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce decentralize (audio) \ verb

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These efforts are relatively costly, and at times the construction and decentralization parts may be unpopular. Leonid Bershidsky, Twin Cities, "Leonid Bershidsky: Traffic jams are a sign of income inequality," 12 June 2019 Some crypto investors and executives are deeply skeptical that a company as rapacious as Facebook could ever seriously commit itself to the value of decentralization that’s at the core of the crypto industry. Theodore Schleifer, Vox, "Facebook may have too many users for its cryptocurrency to fail — even if you don’t trust it," 18 June 2019 These efforts are relatively costly, and at times the construction and decentralization parts may be unpopular. Leonid Bershidsky, Twin Cities, "Leonid Bershidsky: Traffic jams are a sign of income inequality," 12 June 2019 These efforts are relatively costly, and at times the construction and decentralization parts may be unpopular. Leonid Bershidsky, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Traffic jams are a sign of income inequality," 9 June 2019 This controversy is rooted in whether one of the most prized qualities of Bitcoin—its wide decentralization among unnamed users—should be inherent to all blockchains. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Is Bitcoin Better than Business Blockchains? They’re More Alike Than You Think," 1 June 2018 Ripple says Schwartz and his team will also be tasked with the further decentralization of the XRP Ledger, which records XRP transactions. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Ripple Hires Facebook Payments Exec and Names New CTO," 11 July 2018 For many blockchain companies, this right may contradict the immutability and decentralization that the technology provides its users. Zhuling Chen, Fortune, "How Should We Regulate Blockchain? It Depends on Which Country You Ask," 25 June 2018 Spotify has recently seen the departure of several top marketing executives, including CMO Seth Farbman, amid a decentralization of the company’s marketing team. Nat Ives, WSJ, "Meal Subscription Service Freshly Hires Its New CMO From Spotify," 3 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of decentralization

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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