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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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Law enforcement, of course, is not the only area where this devolutionist myth - that local officials, as a rule, are better managers - falls down.
That is why he protests so much, because I have exposed him and his party as the anti-Welsh devolutionists they truly are.
Once ardent devolutionists they joined the antis overnight.
Thus,many Northern devolutionists will be denied hearing speakers such as the first vice-president of the Committee of the Regions, Sir Albert Bore,no less.
The political sphere has already accepted that argument is over and has been won by the devolutionists.
If the referendum on greater powers for our Assembly fails because large numbers of people are not watching Welsh television then those devolutionists, both nationalist and unionist, who have failed to address this problem will have no right to complain.