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(lā) [Fr. lai, L. laicus, fr Gr. laïkos, pert. to the people]
Not professionally trained in or qualified to practice any of the professions for which a higher education is required (e.g., law, medicine, clergy).


adj nonprofessional.

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Q. what is leukemia in lay person language, what causes it, what are the symptomes, and is it cancer

A. Leukemia is cancer of white blood cells. there are about 6-7 types of Leukemia i think...i'll have to check that one out. it basically means a white blood cell got mutated and started to multiply like crazy. causes severe problems. the types defer in which part of maturation it got cancerous. i hope i helped- if you still need more information, just ask! i'm here.

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The sources said that the recent victories of the Syrian army and National Defense Forces (NDF), with the back up of the Russia fighter jets, have caused too many Takfiri terrorists to lay down their guns and apply for government pardoning in Lattakia province.
He said the government and Eucalan had recently agreed on a 10-page document which includes an item that the PKK lay down its weapons as part of an inclusive solution to the country's decades-long Kurdish problem.
Now, three researchers have developed a way to implant metal ions (charged atoms) or to lay down a thin metallic film with less fuss.
The government offers Syrian citizens to lay down arms and go through a rehabilitation process to return to normal life as part of the national reconciliation program.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- The Turkish media has been pumping optimism into the public as if negotiations with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) are finalizing an agreement to have the group lay down their arms.
Most of us are not asked to lay down our life, but what we can do is try to lay aside our petty selfcentredness by trying to be more understanding of others, more compassionate, more caring, more patient, more respectful of other people's views, and try to do acts of kindness whenever we can.
ISLAMABAD, 07 April , 2009 (Frontier Star) -- The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to lay down new drainage system in sector H-9 and I-8/4 with total cost of Rs.
PESHAWAR, 20 March , 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- NWFP Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour said that the government would think over the demands of Taliban if they lay down arms and hold dialogue with the government.
A lot of times I think when you get on a roll and win a game,you expect to win every single game and that people are going to basically lay down for you and let you walk over them.
DUNFERMLINE last night threatened to sue Celtic striker Chris Sutton after he claimed live on television that they lay down to hand Rangers the Scottish title yesterday.
Any human society, if it is to be well-ordered and productive, must lay down as a foundation this principle, namely that every human being is a person, that is, his nature is endowed with intelligence and free will.
MAYOR Jerry Roodhouse will lay down the first coin in the Rugby Rotary clubs' Mile of Money in Rugby town centre tomorrow.