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devolve

v. when property is automatically transferred from one party to another by operation of law, without any act required of either past or present owner. The most common example is passing of title to the natural heir of a person upon his death. 2) passing of authority to a vice president on death of a president. 3) to give a territory sovereign rights to run itself.

devolve

verb be handed down to, be handed over, be transferred, bequeath, cause to pass to another, cede, change from one to another, change ownership, confer ownership, convey, deferre, delegate upon another, deliver over to a successor, descend by inheritance, descend upon, fall by inheritance, fall by succession, give, grant, interchange, invest with, leave to, make over, pass to, permittere, put in possession, sign away, substitute, trade, transfer, transfer ownership, transfer to, transmit, turn over
Associated concepts: devolution of a lease
See also: advance, alienate, assign, cede, convey, detail, entrust, pass, transfer
References in classic literature ?
The old Pyncheon property, together with the great estate acquired by the young man's father, would devolve on whom?
But she, whose brain was burning with remembrance of injuries and with hopes of vengeance, was readily induced to devolve upon Rebecca the care of her patient.
The important task would probably devolve on men, who, with inferior capacities, would in other respects be little better qualified.
Then it will devolve on you to push him on in that world where he is called on to occupy a place.
If either the Governor or his lady had especially consulted their own comfort, they would probably have sought to devolve the responsibility on other hands; since, with some noble and splendid traits of character, Lady Eleanore was remarkable for a harsh, unyielding pride, a haughty consciousness of her hereditary and personal advantages, which made her almost incapable of control.
In Case of the Removal of the President from Office, or of his Death, Resignation, or Inability to discharge the Powers and Duties of the said Office, the Same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the Congress may by Law provide for the Case of Removal, Death, Resignation or Inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what Officer shall then act as President, and such Officer shall act accordingly, until the Disability be removed, or a President shall be elected.
The Allens, he believed, had lived near them too long, and he knew the young man on whom the Fullerton estate must devolve.