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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]
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(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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DEVOLVED ADMINISTRATIONS "We are strongly of the view that APD rates should not be a matter to be decided by the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Scotland's External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop and Welsh Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford urged the UK Government to fully consult the devolved administrations on the rules around settled status before they are published.
The UK Government's Mr Lidington said: "The proposal that we have put on the table is a considerable offer that I hope the devolved administrations will engage with constructively.
Representatives from devolved administrations met UK government ministers in October at the fifth Joint Ministerial Committee to go over EU negotiations.
That would "avoid any risk of the Supreme Court deciding to accord the devolved administrations some rights or even some veto powers over the triggering of Article 50", he told BBC radio.
He said: "The Government is aware of the initiatives on taxation of carrier bags in the devolved administrations and will be interested to see the evidence of their effectiveness and administrative costs."
Department for Education pounds 670 million Department for Transport pounds 683 million Communities and Local Government pounds 780 million CLG Local Government pounds 405 million Business Innovation and Skills pounds 836 million Home Office pounds 367 million Ministry of Justice pounds 325 million Law Officers' Departments pounds 18 million Foreign and Commonwealth Office pounds 55 million Department for Energy and Climate Change pounds 85 million Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs pounds 162 million Department for Culture Media and Sport pounds 88 million Department for Work and Pensions pounds 535 million Chancellor's Departments pounds 451 million Cabinet Office pounds 79 million Devolved Administrations pounds 704 million TOTAL: pounds 6,243bn
Officials are said by the BBC to have made clear in a letter to devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales that the Manchester complex will be axed, but 16 large-scale and smaller casinos elsewhere - including two in the West Midlands - will still be built.
He also wants to revive the joint ministerial committee, headed by the PM and leaders of the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Supported by funding from the devolved administrations, local authorities and the private sector, the deals provide significant investment for local businesses.
But those comments have not gone down well with senior officials in the Foreign Office - which usually provides support to the leaders of devolved administrations when travelling abroad on official business.
We have just one year until Brexit but the UK Government have so far failed to meet their commitment that the Scottish Government and other devolved administrations should oversee the negotiations, and that objectives should be agreed between the different countries that make up the UK.