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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)

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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.
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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The subject of devolved power is too important to be left to the region's politicians alone, they are not the wealth creators, it is their job to provide the environment in which business can thrive and prosper.
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While progress was made on devolved powers for the Scottish party, the key item at yesterday's NEC talks - Labour MPs' power struggle with Jeremy Corbyn- remained deadlocked.
Devolved powers would mean a new elected Mayor who would be voted on for the first time in 2017.
Both sides felt the discussions on whether a deal could be struck to bring devolved powers to our region went well and there were ground for further discussion.
THE majority of Merseyside's small business owners are against the idea of a Metro Mayor, and more devolved powers for the region.
This will mean it will be added to the current devolved powers, including education, health and tourism.
"It will bring devolved powers in England closer to those enjoyed by Scotland and Wales."
It is sheer cheek for him to pretend to be a friend of the Assembly, now that he earns a healthy wage and expenses from the Welsh taxpayers, when six years ago he didn't think that we were responsible enough to have devolved powers