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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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If you believe Wales deserves an efficient, slim-lined and cost effective transparent democracy, then say no to further devolved powers for the politicians, and write to your AM to let him or her know.
"It represents a considerable move by the UK Government that will see significantly more devolved powers.
I'd wager there is not a business person in our region that truly understands the coming benefits that devolved powers bring who would vote to 'hold off negotiating further' until we elect the next PM.
He said: "Our aim is to make sure we work together with NECA to achieve the maximum benefits from devolved powers for the North East.
It would mean an elected mayor being responsible for making the devolved powers work but the leaders have put any political differences aside to move towards a prize which could transform the region.
This was interpreted by some as a blunt message to neca over its refusal to budge leading to the authority facing criticism in some quarters for its seeming intransigence and fears it could miss out on more devolved powers being earmarked for other parts of the country.
In order to establish a baseline for public opinion in favour of further devolved powers, I suggest that the All Wales Convention, led by Sir Emyr Jones Parry, communicate with previously supportive devolutionists who have lived in North East Wales all of their lives before setting out on a route of great optimism for the WAG to act upon.
They are concerned the Government's Railways Bill, to be published later this month, will take away franchises in city areas despite a promise of more devolved powers to the regions.
Because of its limited devolved powers, the Assembly is more able to be open than Whitehall but Mr Morgan said: "Our principle will be maximum voluntary disclosure."
Mr Roberts said many Welsh farmers would also be concerned that nothing was said about progress on talks between devolved regions on how devolved powers and funding might operate once the UK leaves the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
No political party that has formed a provincial government has devolved powers to the local government in violation of Article 140A of the constitution.