Definition of devolution
devolutionaryplay \-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective
devolutionistplay \-sh(ə-)nist\ noun
Examples of devolution in a Sentence
the gradual devolution of the neighborhood from a thriving community of close-knit families to a drug-ridden slum
Recent Examples of devolution from the Web
This booster shot of federalism could become the greatest devolution of federal power to the states in the modern era.
And against the too-often devolution into violence.
Things like the core devolution of Medicaid to the states, that’s going to happen?
Yet the kind of devolution Florida has in mind would have been a tough sell even before profoundly anti-urban Republicans controlled the White House, both houses of Congress, most state legislatures and governorships, and the Supreme Court.
London bankers’ no good very bad bonus season The devolution of the United Kingdom into a backward, isolationist hinterland continues unabated, notwithstanding the potential nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
For a grand but accessible view of the evolution (or, depending on your point of view, devolution) of technology and culture, Neil Postman’s 1985 AMUSING OURSELVES TO DEATH:
Reversing years of consolidation of power in Washington, the law marks the first devolution of the federal government’s grip on education.
The group claims the legislation calls for the devolution of federal land control.
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DEVOLUTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of devolution for English Language Learners
: the act or process by which a central government gives power, property, etc., to local groups or governments
Legal Definition of devolution
: the transfer (as of rights, powers, property, or responsibility) to another
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