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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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now Andy Capp, Britain's favourite layabout stars in his first full colour annual.
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All top five places in the poll went to sitcom leads, with Royle Family layabout Jim Royle (Ricky Tomlinson) in second place.
The new film, which like its predecessor is based on fact, doesn't have a quirky central character such as Gerry Conlon, the young Belfast layabout (played by Daniel Day-Lewis) who was wrongly convicted of being an IRA terrorist and locked up for years.
He plays a DJ called Scouse Mouse who fronts a pop festival held on the dodgy Chatsworth estate - home of layabout Frank Gallagher (David Threlfall).
Bill Tarmey, who has played the Corrie layabout since 1979, is looking for work after filming Jack's death last month.
And the American actor quickly became a fan of stringvested layabout Rab, played by Gregor Fisher.
REG Smythe, creator of our lovable layabout Andy Capp, is dead.
Ricky, who plays foul-mouthed layabout Jim Royle, in the hit BBC TV show, is now third favourite behind X Factor and Take That.
March 16 holds a particular resonance with half of Ultimate - it was the last day he went to school way back in 1994 and heralded in a new era as truant, mallrat, layabout, hanger-around.
Ricky, who plays foulmouthed layabout Jim Royle, in the hit BBC TV show, is now only behind X Factor and Take That.