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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.

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Insubordination on the part of the scholars, and dissatisfaction on the part of some of the parents place the teacher in circumstances in which it was peculiarly difficult to discharge the duty which devolved upon him.
Lehne concludes, in his letter to himself, that "without denying the importance of fundamental rights, citizenship and justice in an abstract sense, these are all part of Parliament's legislative competences that are devolved upon the Committee on Legal Affairs".
It devolved upon McClellan, who seems to have been kept out of the loop, to provide denials to reporters that anyone in the White House had disclosed classified information.
This campaign seems to have devolved upon changes in the costs of re-registering in South Africa.
Although formally this decision devolved upon Br Clementian, the Brother Assistant for the English-speaking section of the Institute, the choice of the Irish Brothers depended ultimately upon the Visitor of Ireland, Br Anthony Jerome.
As mentioned earlier, it would seem that the over-all responsibility for an Australian foundation for which the Bishops had expressly requested English-speaking (Irish) Brothers should have devolved upon his fellow Assistant Br Clementian, a German-American, under whose jurisdiction Ireland/England fell and so, by inference, Australia.
The English Metamorphoses of this title enfigure the struggle of Elizabethan literary culture to come to terms with Ovid's popular poem as a representative of the larger challenge devolved upon Renaissance Europe by its classical past.
McClatchy's role in all this, it is a pity so much influence has devolved upon the Nietzschean last man of the Republic of Letters.
In all my life, I have never seen a decent rector: either he is a despot, or a fool, or a capricious egotist interested only in himself and his promotion." [37] The negative impact of these transfers was felt all the more acutely after the educational reform of 1814, when much of the prelate's power in seminary affairs devolved upon the rector.
In fact, it could be argued that, apart from the role as commander in chief of the military, the greatest responsibility now devolved upon the office of the president is that of first critic.
In some cases, an immense responsibility devolved upon a descendant or a survivor: Browning, for example, left everything to his son Pen, who took the courageous decision to publish in 1899 the letters of his parents' courtship, and who generally behaved rather well until his death in 1912, which led to the dispersal of many letters and manuscripts.
The Members of the Commission shall carry out the duties devolved upon them by the President under his authority.