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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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He added: "As a proud Welsh devolutionist for me the real question is how and when the pro-devolution forces in Wales could win a referendum.
Mr Goodway added: ``As a devolutionist, perhaps Rodney Berman should answer the question who should decide the Lord Mayor - a democratically-elected council or some ancient royal prerogative.
He has been a Labour Party member since 1987 and was a keen devolutionist playing an active role in the "Yes for Wales" campaign.
Cunninghame North MP Brian Wilson said: "Lang probably did more damage to the Union during his miserable reign as Secretary of State for Scotland than any pro- devolutionist could ever manage.
The real Declaration of Aberdeen is that next door to the Prime Minister is a closet devolutionist.
Assembly Presiding Officer Lord Elis-Thomas said: "He was always without doubt a committed devolutionist because he understood the thing intellectually.
The preceding does not take the devoted devolutionist Mark Mothersbaugh and his possible tonal machinations on the aforementioned project into account.
He said: "The DUP is openly and eagerly a devolutionist party.
Riverside MP Louise Ellman, Merseyside's arch devolutionist, said: ``The people of the north west had their say and the people of the north west should have the same opportunity.