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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of decentralize.
  • adj. not centralized; having no center or several centers

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. withdrawn from a center or place of concentration; especially having power or function dispersed from a central to local authorities


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  • It is possible to build applications for participating in decentralized conversations around various ideas and trends.

    The Web at a New Crossroads | FactoryCity

  • Ever since the heady days of the pre-scream Howard Dean campaign, a lot of us who are interested in decentralized systems and emergent behavior have wondered when politicians would start to use new collaborative technology to do something other than organize rallies and raise money.

    Boing Boing

  • I am not a central planner; I believe in decentralized decision-making by the people directly concerned and I believe that the economic system should serve the population-not the reverse.

    The Canadian Economy in the Post-Control Era

  • It is my conviction, and I believe that my friend from Quebec will agree, that education can and must be decentralized from the provincial level as well.

    Education: A Canadian Priority and A Provincial Responsibility

  • Berkshire is often described as "decentralized," which is another way of saying that it's centered around Buffett's trust in his managers.

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  • Veidekke is characterized by a decentralized organizational model with a strong corporate culture and a high degree of employee involvement.

    Reuters: Press Release

  • Veidekke is characterized by a decentralized organizational model with a strong corporate culture and a high degree of employee ¬≠involvement.

    Reuters: Press Release

  • But the idea of decentralized energy production, more off-grid production, or the ability of individual communities and households to reduce their dependence upon the grid, that wasn't raised at all.

    Ron Dembo: Resilience and Civilization

  • All part of what Clyde Grubbs recently described as decentralized distribution networks.

    Philocrites: Felt-board Sunday school lessons in the news.

  • It seems strange that many conservatives, who generally support the idea of decentralized government, seem determined to block New York's decision to allow work on the mosque to proceed.

    All Stories | The New York Observer


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