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devolution

n. the transfer of rights, powers, or an office (public or private) from one person or government to another. (See: devolve)

devolution

noun assignment, bequeathal, bequest, change of hands, conveyance, delegation, delegation of duties, deliverance, delivery, demise, devise, interchange, nonretention, reversion, substitution, succession, succession of property rights, transfer, transfer of property, transference, transmission
Associated concepts: devolution of liability, devolution of property
See also: assignment, conveyance, delegation, deputation, succession

devolution

1 the transmission ofan interest in property from one person to another by operation of law.
2 in constitutional law, the giving of a degree of power, functional, sectional or geographic, to an inferior body. A recent legal model appeared in the Scotland Act 1998.

DEVOLUTION, eccl. law. The transfer, by forfeiture, of a right and power which a person has to another, on account of some act or negligence of the person who is vested with such right or power: for example, when a person has the right of preseptation, and he does not present within the time prescribed, the right devolves on his next immediate superior. Ayl. Par. 331.

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It's about building up trust between the people of Wales and our sort of devolutionary democracy.
Mr Hain would do well to remember that political sovereignty lies with the people of Wales, the speed, direction and duration of our devolutionary journey will ultimately be decided upon by the Welsh people, rather than the Labour Party and the Westminster Parliament.
In the UK, economic news has played second fiddle to continuing coverage of the devolutionary fallout from the Scottish referendum.
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Melanie Leech said: "The devolutionary agenda is an exciting one, and we will be working closely with government over the coming months and years to ensure that it is brought forward in a way that benefits the real estate industry.
Collaboration will be crucial to the future success of city deals and other devolutionary steps announced so far.
The only major area of England where devolutionary reform took place was London, where a previous citywide authority had been abolished in 1986.
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By requiring Washington to calibrate a more globally multilateralist burden-sharing posture of devolutionary offshore balancing, this may encourage the striking of an optimum balance between addressing domestic imperatives and sustaining the United States' lead role in a changing world order.
Going beyond the new devolutionary powers would, the SNP acknowledge, shortchange the nation by billions of pounds.
The committee said: "Proposals for devolutionary change in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England have been made at what appears to be dizzying speed since the Scottish referendum result in September 2014.