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1    foll by: on, upon, to, etc.   to pass or cause to pass to a successor or substitute, as duties, power, etc.  
2    intr; foll by: on or upon     (Law)   (of an estate, etc.) to pass to another by operation of law, esp. on intestacy or bankruptcy  
3    intr; foll by: on or upon   to depend (on)  
your argument devolves on how you interpret this clause     
4    Archaic   to roll down or cause to roll down  
     (C15: from Latin devolvere to roll down, fall into, from de- + volvere to roll)  
  devolvement      n  
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1    be transferred, commission, consign, delegate, depute, entrust, fall upon or to, rest with, transfer  
2      (Law)   alienate, be handed down, convey  

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