Pronunciation: (dev"u-lOO'shun or, esp. Brit., dē'vu-), [key]
1. the act or fact of devolving; passage onward from stage to stage.
2. the passing on to a successor of an unexercised right.
3. Law.the passing of property from one to another, as by hereditary succession.
5. the transfer of power or authority from a central government to a local government.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.