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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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Chairman of the Bloc Yaqoub Korkees called both sides to lay aside their differences and cooperate on the security level to prevent the spread of Da'ish areas to other areas, where the Christians live.
Francis writes: "To the leaders present [at G20], to each and every one, I make a heartfelt appeal for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution.
Oh, no," came the reply, "We're so out of practice, we'd have to lay aside the next month and get catering to come.
He further called on the West to make all-out efforts to lay aside differences during the seven-month period and play a more positive role in reaching an agreement with Iran.
Christmas calls us all to lay aside our own forms of warfare - irritation with our family, jealousy of our friends, hatred of our enemies - and to find a dif-different, a more undefended way of relating to each other.
Contract Award Notice: Isolate and drain down the existing heating system: carefully remove existing radiant ceiling panel heaters: protect same and carefully lay aside for reuse: remove redundant pipework including all insulation;Alter distribution pipe work; relocate and install previously laid aside radiant panel heaters; including supply and install additional ceiling radiant heater to interview room: new installation incorporates three separate heating controls to individual rooms: including all outgoing power supplies and control wiring to the field equipment all as per drawing list: heat test heating system on completion.
Though some are skeptical that such a force could be mustered up due to existing geo-political differences among such countries as Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Syrian regime forces and those of the opposition, Lavrov said that these countries might wish to lay aside these differences momentarily to work in unison against the looming common enemy of ISIL.
trip on immigration, urging Americans to lay aside any hostility to newcomers and addressing adoring crowds of Latino Catholics in his native Spanish.
Finally the Very Worried Sparrow is able to smile at the hatching of his four tiny chicks, and to lay aside all his many worries and rejoice, singing "Cheep, cheep, cheep," with happiness.
The deputy called on Palestinian factions to lay aside internal disputes so that they would not ultimately regret the loss of Palestine to Israeli colonial- settlement activities and that they should only resort to anti- occupation resistance.
LET us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking into Jesus.
Most of us are not asked to lay down our life, but what we can do is try to lay aside our petty self centeredness in order to make the world a better place in which to live.