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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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The devolved administrations will also be given an update on the latest on the investigation into the incident in Salisbury.
The SNP's Mr Russell argued that a new requirement to consult the devolved administrations did not go far enough to address concerns.
We as the county governments have been appealing to the national government to promptly release the monies that are due to the devolved functions.
We are not opposed to UK-wide frameworks, when they are in Scotland's interest, but devolved powers can only be changed with the agreement of the Scottish Parliament.
This is not a comprehensive list by any means, but gives an idea of the scale of the devolved powers.
First, the Bill puts a new constraint on the rights of the Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales to legislate on devolved issues.
Imposing a Brexit settlement in the face of devolved opposition (while legally possible) would be a reckless strategy," said the Institute for Government, an independent think-tank.
Mr Paun told MSPs: "The starting presumption is things are either devolved or they are reserved, and therefore in either case you don't need machinery for joint decision-making.
The real danger therefore is that a potential delay in the granting of devolved powers could inadvertently create an imbalance within the Northern Powerhouse initiative at the very time there is a need for unity.
And we have been actively - and successfully - pitching for greater devolved resources and responsibilities for our region from Government for years.
Plaid Cymru has called for Remploy to be devolved in Wales.
Peshawar, November 19, 2011 (Frontier Star): Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information and Culture Minister, Mian Iftikhar Hussain has reiterated, once again, that service protection would be ensured to all government employees of the devolved departments and no one would be removed from service.