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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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Like many devolutionists he seems to wonder if it was better to travel hopefully than to arrive.
9 million voters, higher than some recent local elections, denying devolutionists any claim that it was unrepresentative.
And the party will co-operate with the Scotland Forward devolutionists in order to secure a positive turn-out.
The problem is that most state legislatures - where devolutionists want many of the most important decisions to be made - are far more vulnerable than the federal government to well-monied special interests.
The point which has to be made, and perhaps it is one that some devolutionists will find hard to swallow, is that Wales cannot have it both ways.