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

Examples of decentralization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web File sharing offered a first look at decentralization with Napster and later BitTorrent. NBC News, "These technologists think the internet is broken. So they're building another one.," 21 July 2019 Raul Castro carried on the tradition with a decade of reform that promoted decentralization while retaining control of the command economy. Mac Margolis, chicagotribune.com, "New U.S. sanctions on Cuba have a silver lining," 20 Aug. 2019 Though Young’s bill is still in committee and shows no signs of becoming law any time soon, the executive branch is quietly carrying out a piecemeal decentralization of its own. Declan Leary, National Review, "The Republican Plan to Drain the Swamp," 23 July 2019 This miscalculated tactic is doomed to failure, because decentralization is the defining feature of this movement. Joshua Wong, Quartz, "How to fight for democracy when the government keeps throwing you in jail," 3 Sep. 2019 The merits of decentralization were clear: As long as the movement had no leaders, the Hong Kong government and Beijing would have a harder time quelling it. Los Angeles Times, "Hong Kong protesters took their organizing principle from Bruce Lee. Now some are having second thoughts," 16 Aug. 2019 That’s the beauty—and potential harm—of decentralization. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Everyone Wants Facebook's Libra to Be Regulated. But How?," 18 July 2019 The police crackdown has pushed youth activists toward further decentralization, breaking up mass Telegram channels into smaller groups. Alice Su, latimes.com, "A new kind of Hong Kong activism emerges as protesters mobilize without any leaders," 14 June 2019 July 12, 201904:19 Nadal and the larger decentralization movement faces a serious challenge in convincing consumers and developers to change their habits and practices. NBC News, "These technologists think the internet is broken. So they're building another one.," 21 July 2019

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First Known Use of decentralization

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of decentralization was in 1846

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