devolution devolution  /ˌdɛ və ˈlu ʃən/


  1. (n) the process of declining from a higher to a lower level of effective power or vitality or essential quality
  2. (n) the delegation of authority (especially from a central to a regional government)



  1. To my mind, devolution is the only sensible way to end the civil and sectarian wars in Kashmir, Karachi and India's turbulent northeastern states.
  2. Once the LTTE is quashed, Wijesinha envisions elections being held in the north and a gradual devolution of power to Tamils who have joined in the peace process.
  3. The legislature may provide for the devolution of the duty of acting as governor in any case not provided for in this article.


  • An Overzealous Groomer Has Turned JWOWW's Pup Into A Lion Impersonator [Photo]

    Little Bella, the lion. We've heard of taking a little too much off the top, but Bella Farley's latest styling session has left the fluffy pup a fraction of her former self. JWOWW recently documented the very unfortunate devolution of her canine on social media, and though it's certainly a jarring look, Bella can hopefully [...]
    on June 11, 2013     Source: MTV

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  1. Clinton made the remarks when meeting with Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen in Dublin, saying that "the step of devolution for policing and justice is an absolutely essential milestone."
    on Oct 11, 2009 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: Xinhua

  2. Brown said: "We believe we have proposals that make for a reasonable deal on devolution of policing and justice, we believe we have proposals that make for a reasonable settlement on all the outstanding issues."
    on Jan 26, 2010 By: Gordon Brown Source: AFP

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