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Noun: devolution  ,de-vu'loo-shun or ,dee-vu'loo-shun
  1. The process of declining from a higher to a lower level of effective power, vitality or essential quality
    - degeneration
     
  2. (government) the delegation of authority (especially from a central to a regional government)
    - devolvement

Derived forms: devolutions

Type of: delegating, delegation, deputation, physical process, process, relegating, relegation

Antonym: evolution

Encyclopedia: Devolution