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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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LEEDS boss Terry Venables has been forced to lay down the law regarding discipline to the entire squad in the wake of Alan Smith's latest dismissal.
WELSH Health Minister Jane Hutt was urged today to lay down the law to Russell Goodway in the wake of a damning report on the city's social services department.
During these meetings, the public officials essentially lay down the law, reminding students and their parents that in Florida, children have to stay in school until age 16.
Three days after the party conference at Inverness, the Nats' parliamentary group will lay down the law with three key MSPs.
Brian added that Law Taylor, who had three wives, was at times known to lay down the law.
CAMPAIGNERS led by writer Bill Bryson will today lay down the law to Network Rail to force it to clean litter from stations and tracks.