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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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Devolutionists must not be paying much attention to local police departments.
The National Assembly does not currently have the power to make or change laws produced by Westminster - something which devolutionists say is crucial to the development of a separate Wales.
In order to establish a baseline for public opinion in favour of further devolved powers, I suggest that the All Wales Convention, led by Sir Emyr Jones Parry, communicate with previously supportive devolutionists who have lived in North East Wales all of their lives before setting out on a route of great optimism for the WAG to act upon.
Public services don't make money, they cost money, and Wales has one of the highest proportions of employees working in the public sector in the UK - how do the devolutionists think we are going to fund these services?
That is why he protests so much, because I have exposed him and his party as the anti-Welsh devolutionists they truly are.
Once ardent devolutionists they joined the antis overnight.
Thus,many Northern devolutionists will be denied hearing speakers such as the first vice-president of the Committee of the Regions, Sir Albert Bore,no less.