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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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It looks likely that on February 9, the Welsh Assembly will have a vote on more devolved powers, which could trigger a referendum here in Wales as early as October.
I look at devolved powers in terms of health and education in Wales and they are getting the worst delivery anywhere in the whole country, so there are some real problems in Welsh politics.
Following such research, the pro-devolutionists need to communicate the benefits of further devolved powers to the general public who currently live in a low wage economy.
But devolved powers over energy, policing and criminal justice will be well short of what Scotland is likely to get if there is a vote to stay in the union, including more scope to raise and vary taxes.
No mayor, no devolved powers may be an unpalatable ultimatum, but the powers are what we're after and the opportunity to take them must not be passed up.
Following last year's successful referendum for further devolved powers for Wales our Assembly has made a number of applications in this respect as follows; control of the railway system, TV channel, taxation, power supply, large construction projects - all of which were refused.
The car, which displayed no tax disc and was removed by the authority's recovery contractor, Cleveland Auto Recyclers, became the 400th vehicle taken off the streets since the council achieved devolved powers from the DVLA four years ago.
WALES faced a "triple lock" on the door to further devolved powers, Lib Dem Assembly leader Mike German warned yesterday.
SNP leader John Swinney said: "This is an attempt to undermine the democratic will of Scotland by circumventing devolved powers.
If the Tory government has decreed that having a Metro Mayor is the only way for us to have fully devolved powers like Manchester and elsewhere, then so be it.
We should expect the Welsh Assembly to introduce Welsh legislation, and if necessary seek devolved powers, to ensure our food is safe and what it says on the label.
It is sheer cheek for him to pretend to be a friend of the Assembly, now that he earns a healthy wage and expenses from the Welsh taxpayers, when six years ago he didn't think that we were responsible enough to have devolved powers