Dev`o*lu"tion (?), n. [LL. devolutio: cf. F. d'evolution.]


The act of rolling down.


The devolution of earth down upon the valleys. Woodward.


Transference from one person to another; a passing or devolving upon a successor.

The devolution of the crown through a . . . channel known and conformable to old constitutional requisitions. De Quincey.


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