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Devolution   /dˌɛvəlˈuʃən/   Listen

The process of declining from a higher to a lower level of effective power or vitality or essential quality.  Synonym: degeneration.
The delegation of authority (especially from a central to a regional government).  Synonym: devolvement.

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"Devolution" Quotes from Famous Books

... far as any succession to them or any devolution of their office is possible, all Christian men inherit it, for to bear witness of the living power of the risen Lord is still the office and honour of every believing soul. It is still true that the sharpest weapon which any man can wield for Christ is the simple adducing ...
— Expositions of Holy Scripture - St. Matthew Chaps. IX to XXVIII • Alexander Maclaren

... the law relating to marriage, and also on some points affecting personal status and devolution of ...
— Rebuilding Britain - A Survey Of Problems Of Reconstruction After The World War • Alfred Hopkinson

... system were both born in a time of reaction against kings, crown government, and a regime of detailed economic regulation. In the industrial sphere this reaction took the form of extreme devolution, known as laissez-faire individualism. Each economic decision was to be made by the man who had title to the property involved. Since almost everything was owned by somebody, there would be somebody to manage everything. This was plural sovereignty ...
— Public Opinion • Walter Lippmann

... have seen, whether boys or girls, inherited alike, subject to the provisions of the parent's will. The will seems to have been of Babylonian origin. Testamentary devolution of property went back to an early period in a country in which the legal relations of trade had been so fully developed. Trade implied private property and the idea of individual possession. The estate belonging to a person was his absolutely, ...
— Babylonians and Assyrians, Life and Customs • Rev. A. H. Sayce

... with technic ready-made, and allows you to throw your own soul into the music, whether you have ever taken lessons or not. Or it may be a combination of the last two. The influence of these machines is progressive. It stands for evolution rather than for devolution or revolution. ...
— The Joyful Heart • Robert Haven Schauffler

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