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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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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.
I want to build a spirit of trust with the devolved administrations, where there is a shared understanding that Defra is representing the best interests of everyone in the UK.
While just 39% of those surveyed in the YouGov poll supported the idea of full independence, the figure rose to 58% when the option of enhanced powers for a devolved administration was offered.
The devolved administration, despite having record numbers of powers in those areas that voters regularly describe as being most important to them and their families, fails to attract the interest and turnout in elections that our shared Parliament does in London.
DAVID Cameron said yesterday he wants a "fresh start" in the relationship between his coalition Government and Wales's devolved administration.
It added that the final decision should lie with local politicians in a devolved administration at Stormont.
But although legislation allowing the ban to take effect in Northern Ireland introduced in 2006, it can only be made law by a new devolved administration.
From the very start of the devolution process Labour showed discrimination in favour of Scottish residents when they agreed to reinstate Scotland's parliament, whereas after sounding out the opinions of Welsh residents the best they could offer in the way of a devolved administration was an Assembly, or a mere talking shop.
SINN Fein will not be forced to publicly back policing as a condition of being allowed to join a restored devolved administration, Peter Hain told MPs last night.
How will ministers respond when MLAs debate and reject their plans from inside the devolved administration of Northern Ireland?
Scotland will have to find 8,000 jobs cuts in the Chancellor's initial round, and then there will be two or three thousand more from the devolved administration.
THE likely collapse of the devolved administration at Stormont is sending shockwaves through the business community in the north.