decentralization
decentralization de*cen`tral*i*za"tion, n. 1. The action of decentralizing, or the state of being decentralized. ``The decentralization of France.'' --J. P. Peters. [1913 Webster]

2. the spread of power away from the center to local branches or governments. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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