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    upwards or reverse delegation

    Can anyone think of an antonym for delegate?

    Google comes up with over a million hits for reverse delegation and half a million for upwards delegation and I suppose the prevalence of these phrases suggests that there is no single-word antonym.

    However, I'm hoping the erudition of the members of this website outweighs that of the average Internet user (and that flattery gets results .


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    Re: upwards or reverse delegation

    I cannot conceive of "reverse" or "upward" delegation - seems a contradiction in terms, However, you will find antonyms here: delegate - Synonyms from Thesaurus.com


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    Re: upwards or reverse delegation

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I cannot conceive of "reverse" or "upward" delegation - seems a contradiction in terms
    It means avoiding responsibility for something, e.g. by telling someone (usually of higher authority) that you can't so your boss will have to make the decision about whatever it is they're trying to dump on you.


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    Re: upwards or reverse delegation

    Avoidance seems as good a term as any.


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    Re: upwards or reverse delegation

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Avoidance seems as good a term as any.
    I was hoping for something more specific though: you might avoid stepping in a puddle, paying taxes or someone's eyes but delegation is specifically about handing down a task or some responsibility. The phrase "upward delegation" specifically means pushing that task or responsibility back up again.

    I'm sure the practice predates Shakespeare so wondered whether there was some long established word with the same meaning as the rather more modern phrase.

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