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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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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.
Moyes said in the aftermath of Saturday's 1-0 loss to Newcastle he intended to lay down the law and he showed that by calling his players in for early training yesterday.