What is Devolution?

Legal Definition
Eccl. law. The transfer, by forfeiture, of a right and power which a person has to another, on account of some act or negligence of the person who is vested with such right or power: for example, when a person has the right of preseptation, and he does not present within the time prescribed, the right devolves on his next immediate superior. Ayl. Par. 331.
-- Bouviers Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
The transfer or transition from one person to another of a right, liability, title, estate or office. Francisco v. Aguirre, 94 Cal. 180, 29 Pac. 495; Owen v. Insurance Co., 56 Hun, 455, 10 N. Y. Supp. 75 In ecclesiastical law. The forfeiture of a right or power (as the right of presentation to a llving) in consequence of its non-user by the person holding it, or of some other act or omission on his part, and its resulting transfer to the person next entitled. In Scotch law. The transference of the right of purchase, from the highest bidder at an auction sale, to the next highest, when the former fails to pay his bid or furnish security for Its payment within the time appointed. Also, the reference of a matter in controversy to a third person (called "overs-man") by two arbitrators to whom it has been submitted and who are unable to agree,
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
A forfeiture from one to another.
-- Ballentine's Law Dictionary