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dev·o·lu·tion

(dev'ō-lū'shŭn),
A continuing process of degeneration or breaking down, in contrast to evolution.
See also: involution, catabolism.
[L. de-volvo, pp. -volutus, to roll down]

devolution

(dĕv′ə-lo͞o′shən, dē′və-)
n.
1. A passing down or descent through successive stages of time or a process.
2. Transference, as of rights or qualities, to a successor.
3. Delegation of authority or duties to a subordinate or substitute.
4. A transfer of powers from a central government to local units.
5. Biology Degeneration.

dev′o·lu′tion·ar′y (-shə-nĕr′ē) adj.
dev′o·lu′tion·ist n.
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There are a number of devolution issues and it may be the application might be required to be amended.
Leaders may decide not to send some devolution issues to currently established committees.
Among its responsibilities, it is the court of final appeal for determining devolution issues under the statutes of 1998.