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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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The truly dedicated devolutionist should focus on making sure local governments deserve more authority.
She said: "Owen Smith describing himself as a 'committed devolutionist' is a perfect illustration of his cynical hypocrisy that has allowed him to call himself 'anti-austerity' after voting for the Tory Austerity Charter, and a champion of the campaign against welfare cuts, after abstaining on the Tories' Welfare Bill.
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.
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."
* SIR - I write as a disillusioned devolutionist. Devolution was never meant to be a back door to independence.
"I would want to make it absolutely clear that as a passionate devolutionist, there was a clear majority."
Committed devolutionists do not think of Wales as somewhere on the western side of the UK but as a nation more than capable of setting its own path for economic development but held back by the refusal of support for projects such as the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.
So, devolutionists have to up their game to be taken seriously.
DEVOLUTIONISTS are really Nationalists with brains and I prefer to cross swords with the former rather than the latter who rely only on rhetoric and the atrocious behaviour of our forebears to try to make their case.
When Conservative leader David Cameron talks about a post-bureaucratic age where top-down central government controls will be stripped away in favour of a glorious new age of people power, he is merely re-treading the ground occupied over the years by devolutionists - who invariably find reasons to back track as soon as they get to Downing Street.
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.