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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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But, for reasons that are difficult to understand among a crowd that loves the word efficiency," the devolutionists seem convinced that it's almost always better to let 50 state governments deal with national problems.
He is keen to stress his ability to attract broad appeal from not only the devolutionist wing of Labour but also from trade unions and MPs, and to appeal to Welsh speaking rural Wales as well as the urban south.
9 million voters, higher than some recent local elections, denying devolutionists any claim that it was unrepresentative.
And the party will co-operate with the Scotland Forward devolutionists in order to secure a positive turn-out.
The point which has to be made, and perhaps it is one that some devolutionists will find hard to swallow, is that Wales cannot have it both ways.
TONY Lewis (Viewpoints, Wednesday May 7) was correct when he summed up this all-engulfing monster that devolutionists have created.
THE devolutionists have finally got what they wanted.
As one who lived and worked in North Wales for many years-until quite recently, I fear that the insular approach shown by the Devolutionists can only be off putting to many of those national ie British and international organisations traditionally responsible for the ingloriously required investments in industrial and commercial products/activities so vital for the very urgent job creation required nationwide.
Privately, however, devolutionists are relieved as they had braced themselves for an outright recommendation to vote `no'.
He writes: "The challenge now facing devolutionists is that unless the way those powers are used is sharpened up there is a risk that support for giving some powers back to Westminster may grow.