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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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Therefore we need to develop a UK framework which ensures equivalence between producers in the four nations, which respects devolved powers and allows a degree of flexibility.
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.
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.
They said: "Most seriously, the UK Government's EU (Withdrawal) Bill is an unashamed move to centralise decision-making power in Westminster, cutting directly across current devolved powers and responsibilities.
Russell said last night: "All devolved powers currently carried out at an EU level must come back to the Scottish Parliament.
It has emerged that Theresa May isn't overly keen on the idea and is reportedly planning to drop the plan, which former Chancellor of the Exchequer insisted upon as a precursor to regions being given some devolved powers.
Both sides felt the discussions on whether a deal could be struck to bring devolved powers to our region went well and there were ground for further discussion.
LABOUR has major reservations about George Osborne's promise of devolved powers for cities like Newcastle.
But we must be very careful when it comes to a Metro Mayor and devolved powers for our 'Northern Powerhouse' if it is not to be turned further into a 'Northern Pauper-House'.
Deputy First Minister and Finance Secretary John Swinney today (Tuesday, February 10) will visit London and will call for further devolved powers on business to help generate growth, secure a better economic position and attract higher levels of investment for Scotland s businesses.
The answer is to leave things as they are with limited tax-raising powers to devolved UK regions, or English limited devolved powers through an elected assembly separate from the House of Commons with all that entails.