decentralization

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

Definition of decentralization

  1. 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. 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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