[ dev-uh-loo-shuh n or, esp. British, dee-vuh- ]
/ ˌdɛv əˈlu ʃən or, esp. British, ˈdi və- /
the act or fact of devolving; passage onward from stage to stage.
the passing on to a successor of an unexercised right.
Law. the passing of property from one to another, as by hereditary succession.
the transfer of power or authority from a central government to a local government.
Origin of devolution
Related formsdev·o·lu·tion·ar·y, adjective, noundev·o·lu·tion·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for devolutionary
This the Munams had plenty of, and from that point of view were more the evolutionary form of humanity than the devolutionary.The Revolutions of Time|Jonathan Dunn
Both evolutionary and devolutionary progress, with the ordinary individual, are slow processes.The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul|Jirah D. Buck
British Dictionary definitions for devolutionary
/ (ˌdiːvəˈluːʃən) /
the act, fact, or result of devolving
a passing onwards or downwards from one stage to another
another word for degeneration (def. 3)
a transfer or allocation of authority, esp from a central government to regional governments or particular interests
Derived Formsdevolutionary, adjectivedevolutionist, noun, adjective
Word Origin for devolution
C16: from Medieval Latin dēvolūtiō a rolling down, from Latin dēvolvere to roll down, sink into; see devolve
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