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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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We will continue to press the UK Government that they enter into negotiations with both devolved administrations on the bill on the basis that we are equal partners on an issue that will have a hugely significant impact on the future of our economy and society.
The meeting with the devolved administrations was very constructive and I'm pleased with the very positive level of engagement shown by everyone.
Graeme Mason, planning and corporate affairs director at Newcastle International, said: "It is vital the Government does not allow devolved administrations to design their own aviation tax policy.
Announcing the membership of the Committee, Welshman Lord Williams of Mostyn, leader of the House of Lords, said: "The devolved administrations are invited to attend, as are others in accordance with their expertise, experience and responsibilities.
This will only be possible if there is mutual trust and co-operative, participative mechanisms for joint working between the UK government and the devolved administrations.
Todays meeting is an opportunity to re-set the approach and actively involve the devolved administrations in the development of the negotiating position for leaving the EU.
Sturgeon will tell a British-Irish Council Summit: "It is absolutely essential that Scotland's voice, and those of the other devolved administrations, is heard to ensure our interests are acknowledged - we can't be kept in the dark.
We are keen to see offshore wind supply chain development across the UK, and look to work closely with the Devolved administrations to help this happen.
Agreement has been reached between the UK Government and the devolved administrations on the principles that will underpin the process for bringing back powers from the EU to the UK.
TODAY'S meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee on Brexit is a crucial opportunity to reset the relationship between the UK Government and the devolved administrations, according to Wales' Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford.
THE UK Government needs to "raise its game" and make talks with the devolved administrations over Brexit more effective, a committee of Lords has said.
Jones said the Smith recommendations should be offered to other devolved administrations.