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See also: dévolution
devolution (plural devolutions)
- A rolling down.
- A descent, especially one that passes through a series of revolutions, or by succession
- The transference of a right to a successor, or of a power from one body to another.
- (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.
- (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.
a rolling down
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