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devolution /ˌdiːvəˈluːʃən/ n
  1. the act, fact, or result of devolving
  2. a passing onwards or downwards from one stage to another
  3. a transfer or allocation of authority, esp from a central government to regional governments or particular interests
Etymology: 16th Century: from Medieval Latin dēvolūtiō a rolling down, from Latin dēvolvere to roll down, sink into; see devolve

ˌdevoˈlutionary adj ˌdevoˈlutionist n , adj

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