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).
- 1981, William Irwin Thompson, The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light: Mythology, Sexuality and the Origins of Culture, London: Rider/Hutchinson & Co., page 186:
- He is the place where the devolution from Heaven and the evolution from earth meet.
- It is quite disheartening to witness the devolution of our nation's political discourse over the past several years.
- (government) The transfer of some powers and the delegation of some functions from a central government to local government (e.g. from the U.K. parliament 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
a transfer of power
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