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devolution

dev·o·lu·tion

devolution

pronunciation:
de v lu shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or result of devolving; transfer, delegation, or passing down, as of rights or duties.
definition 2: the passing down of property upon death, as to a legal heir.
definition 3: biological degeneration.
antonyms:
evolution
definition 4: the delegation of certain powers from a central to a local government.