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Borrowed from Middle French dévolution, from Medieval Latin devolutio, devolutionis, from Latin devolvo.



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).
    It is quite disheartening to witness the devolution of our nation's political discourse over the past several years.
  5. (Britain, government) 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.
    The question of whether England should receive devolution like Scotland and Wales have has dogged British politics for years.
    • 2020 November 4, Philip Haigh, “Cracks and divisions over funding for public transport”, in Rail, page 55:
      Governments like devolution because it gives ministers someone else to blame for problems.

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