Definition of Devolution

1. Noun. The process of declining from a higher to a lower level of effective power or vitality or essential quality.

Exact synonyms: Degeneration
Generic synonyms: Physical Process, Process
Specialized synonyms: Attack, Obsolescence, Macular Degeneration
Derivative terms: Degenerate
Antonyms: Evolution



2. Noun. The delegation of authority (especially from a central to a regional government).
Exact synonyms: Devolvement
Category relationships: Administration, Governance, Governing, Government, Government Activity
Generic synonyms: Delegating, Delegation, Deputation, Relegating, Relegation
Derivative terms: Devolve, Devolve

Definition of Devolution

1. n. The act of rolling down.

Definition of Devolution

1. Noun. A rolling down. ¹

2. Noun. A descent, especially one that passes through a series of revolutions, or by succession ¹

3. Noun. The transference of a right to a successor, or of a power from one body to another. ¹

4. Noun. (pejorative) Degeneration (as opposed to evolution). ¹

5. Noun. (British) 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. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Devolution

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Medical Definition of Devolution

1. A continuing process of degeneration or breaking down, in contrast to evolution. See: involution, catabolism. Origin: L. De-volvo, pp. -volutus, to roll down (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Devolution

devocations
devoice
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devoices
devoicing
devoid
devoid of(p)
devoidness
devoir
devoirs
devolatilization
devolatilizations
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devolatilizer
devolatilizers
devolution (current term)
devolutional
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devolutionist
devolutionists
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devolves
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devon
devonian
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Literary usage of Devolution

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1. A General View of the Law of Property by James Andrew Strahan, James Sinclair Baxter (1908)
"devolution mortis causa arises where the ownership of a thing is ... It will not, however, be necessary or expedient to treat of devolution to the Crown ..."

2. The Law of Wills and Succession as Administered in Scotland: Including by John M'Laren (1894)
"Clauses of devolution effectual as conditions of grant of heritable estate. devolution distinguished from resolutive clause: Effectual without declarator. ..."

3. Treatise on the Law of Arbitration in Scotland by John Montgomerie Bell (1877)
"After noticing ^hat the minute of devolution specified two explicit points, ... In a submission with a power of devolution, the devolution made by the ..."

4. A Treatise on the American Law of Administration by John Gabriel Woerner (1899)
"In default of the testamentary disposition of the property Principle of of a deceased person, the law disposes of the same pre- devolution. eisely as the ..."

5. The Law of Scotland in Relation to Wills and Succession: Including the by John M'Laren (1868)
"(5) The decisions in relation to clauses of devolution present the law of ... A clause of devolution is different in principle from a re- devolution d¡s- ..."

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