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


(dĕv′ə-lo͞o′shən, dē′və-)
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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Ms Butler adds that "hardly any legislators in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland are interviewed on network news", that "there is little attempt to tackle devolution issues per se," and that "substantial and important political/policy developments in the nations do not figure on the main bulletins".
THE independent commission that will look at devolution issues affecting Wales will not start work until the autumn, it emerged last night.
gt; COMMENT: PAGE 24 > BUSINESS: PAGES 32&33 EVERY department in Whitehall has nominated a minister responsible for ensuring devolution issues are taken into account when the UK Government makes decisions.