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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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In fact, if the devolutionists get their way, there will be many, many more than 50 monkeys.
Some are listed as Think Twice supporters, and others are listed as anti- devolutionists described as "known no-no's".
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.
No amount of nation-building is going to alter that, whatever ardent devolutionists might wish.
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?
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.