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
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Origin and Etymology of devolution
Medieval Latin devolution-, devolutio, from Latin devolvere —see devolve
First Known Use: 1545
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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