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See also: dévolution



Borrowed from Middle French dévolution, from Medieval Latin devolutio, devolutionis, from Latin devolvo; equivalent to devolve +‎ -ution.



devolution (plural devolutions)

  1. A rolling down.
  2. A descent, especially one that passes through a series of revolutions, or by succession
  3. The transference of a right to a successor, or of a power from one body to another.
  4. (derogatory) Degeneration (as opposed to evolution).
  5. (Britain) The transfer of some powers, and the delegation of some functions, from a central sovereign government to local government; eg. from Westminster to Scottish parliament and Welsh assembly.

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