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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DEVOLUTION

There is no possibility of devolution here; it cannot delegate its functions to this faculty or to that.

The method of division shows a devolution of responsibility.

It stands for evolution rather than for devolution or revolution.

Plans of devolution and Grand Committees will fail to cope with this evil.

Devolution is quite as natural as evolution, and may be just as pleasing, or even a good deal more pleasing, to God.

Only the deliberation of geological movements can be contrasted with the evolution and devolution of the constellations.

Devolution, dev-ol-ū′shun, n. a passing from one person to another.

It had long been felt that some devolution was necessary, and the change was justified by the result.

Nevertheless, the problem before us is one of devolution pure and simple, and the question is, how far is devolution to go?

To the mortmain of the Church reverts Urbino's lordship, and even now he meditates the terms of devolution.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s; see de- + evolution. Used in various legal and figurative senses; in biology, as the opposite of evolution, it is attested from 1882.

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