how to pronounce devolution


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“… the war of devolution in which France …”

meanings of devolution


  1. The transfer of some powers, and the delegation of some functions, from a central sovereign government to local government; eg. from Westminster to Scottish parliament and Welsh assembly.
  2. A rolling down.
  3. Degeneration (as opposed to evolution).
  4. A descent, especially one that passes through a series of revolutions, or by succession.
  5. The transference of a right to a successor, or of a power from one body to another.