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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 petitioners said 24 departments were devolved to the district governments from the provincial government through the KPLGA but later, the control of six departments was given to the provincial government through amendments to the law leaving only 18 departments with the district government.
He also said the National Government was buying drugs for hospitals yet the function is devolved and end up buying the wrong drugs in some counties, leading to wastage.
Isabelle Schofield takes a photo of herself in front of the painting 'Devolved Parliament' by Banksy
International relations are retained by Westminster and not devolved. Holyrood's remit is entirely domestic - this money should be spent on the NHS, education and other vital public services.
"Youth justice is not devolved although everything else to do with children and young people in Wales is and they and other areas devolved to the Welsh PCCs operate quite effectively."
commH ne th SCan we mu Alt Arfon He said: "We need to convince the Secretary of State, Alun Cairns, of that and, up till now, haven't had much success." Although not legally devolved, many other areas of the criminal justice system, like the Crown Prosecution Service and the courts service, already operate within all-Wales structures.
The idea of the Northern Powerhouse initiative which began in 2014 was to establish devolved authorities throughout the North (which means everything from Liverpool to Hull to Berwick) so they could deliver faster growth and help redress the imbalance between North and South.
Her office has repeatedly said devolved governments are unable or unwilling to generate income on their own.It has conveniently been forgotten that the rationale for devolution was that devolved units get certain annual allocations from the national government to turn themselves into viable, and eventually self-sustained economic units.
It says that ahead of today's talks it has shared the proposed changes to the legislation with the devolved administrations and put a "considerable offer" on the table.
"The country is facing a negotiation of tremendous importance and it is imperative that the devolved administrations play their part in making it work," May said in a statement her office released before the meeting.
DEVOLVED administrations in Wales and Northern Ireland are unlikely to be treated as equal partners by Westminster in Brexit talks, Scottish MPs have been told.
David Cameron is to devolve APD to ministers in Holyrood, who want to make the cost of a long-haul flight over the border significantly cheaper by slashing APD by 50%, with council chiefs in Manchester asking APD control be devolved so local leaders can scrap or vary the levy.