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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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Nerval's concern about what will be "conserve" also shows that devolutionary narratives do more than justify the urgency of folklore collecting.
6] Drag queens are obviously strong candidates for the demonstration of a devolutionary masculinity, having very visibly embraced a feminised marginality.
Unfortunately, the cultural, political, and legal environment that currently envelops scientific research has become so group conscious and risk averse that we may have already "crossed the Rubicon"; in other words, the devolutionary forces that threaten the foundations of scientific culture in the United States may have already taken their toll.
This devolutionary political impetus is mirrored in the world of media and entertainment, where the BBC, the nation's cultural flagship, is planning to move several program departments and 1,800 staff to Manchester over the next five years, and to strengthen its commissioning presence in Glasgow, Bristol and Birmingham.
This article investigates state reactions to decentralized policy structures in federal water pollution policy and assesses whether state policies are living up to the "promises" of the devolutionary agenda.
Devolutionary impulses within the Soviet state meant that the old trading patterns of dealing with the Moscow-based central authorities were collapsing.
In December, 1999, MLAs - who sit only two days a week in Assembly session - voted themselves an pounds 8,500 pay increase, bringing them broadly in line with salaries paid to devolutionary parliamentarians in Scotland and Wales.
The chapter that follows, Chapter Seven, "Reconstructing Borneo's Culture History," examines a variety of hypotheses that have been advanced to account for the origin of hunter-gatherers in Borneo, taking issue in particular with revisionist, and especially devolutionary, explanations.
Indeed, Russia and the West opposed the breakup of Bosnia, where the accession of Serb and Croatian minorities to Serbia and Croatia would otherwise make considerable sense, precisely because they wanted to dampen such devolutionary tendencies.
Smadja, who had not had to defend Switzer land's devolutionary democracy often, found himself doing just that after days of tumultuous clashes at one of the most heated Davos gatherings since the world's business and political elite first began congregating in this remote comer in 1971.
The removal of conditions on block funding are part of a devolutionary, strategy that, far from increasing democratic participation in decision-making or increasing the accountability of governments to the public, reduces both.
The North American Free Trade Agreement specifically and the relationship with the United States more generally nudged both presidents Carlos Salinas and Ernesto Zedillo toward the devolutionary option (albeit, in different modes).