de·volve /di-'vȯlv, -'välv/ vi de·volved, de·volv·ing [Medieval Latin devolvi, passive of devolvere to roll down, from Latin, from de down, away + volvere to roll]
1: to pass by transfer or succession
the estate devolved to a distant cousin
2: to fall or be passed usu. as an obligation or responsibility
in case of the removal of the President from office, or of his...inability to discharge the powers and duties of the said office, the same shall devolve on the Vice PresidentU.S. Constitution art. II

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb be handed down to, be handed over, be transferred, bequeath, cause to pass to another, cede, change from one to another, change ownership, confer ownership, convey, deferre, delegate upon another, deliver, deliver over to a successor, descend by inheritance, descend upon, fall by inheritance, fall by succession, give, grant, interchange, invest with, leave to, make over, mandare, pass to, permittere, put in possession, sign away, substitute, trade, transfer, transfer ownership, transfer to, transmit, turn over associated concepts: devolution of a lease II index alienate (transfer title), cede, convey (transfer), detail (assign), entrust, pass (advance), transfer

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To pass from one person to another, often as a result of the operation of law and without any intentional act by either party; often used to describe the passing of an estate from a deceased person to an heir.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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.
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

v. The grant or transfer of authority and/or responsibility to another.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

   1) 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/her death.
   2) passing of authority to a vice president on the death of a president.
   3) to give a territory sovereign rights to run itself.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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