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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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LANCASTER - Financially troubled Westside Union School District is considering laying off 54 teachers because it might increase class sizes in the lower grades.
Despite these promises PacTel continued to hire new employees while laying off thousands of loyal employees who, to their detriment, relied on the promises of their employer.
The company is also laying off 510 employees at the Freightliner plant in Mount Holly.
The district then ended up laying off teachers who held full credentials because they had less seniority than instructors on emergency credentials.
LANCASTER - When most Antelope Valley school districts are nearly drowning in a sea of financial woes, Lancaster School District trustees believe they will stay afloat without laying off employees or increasing class sizes.
The board conducted a special meeting Monday night to vote on laying off 14 full-time classified, or nonteaching employees, to pare $1 million from the district's budget.
The trustees have not yet voted on making class sizes larger, and administrators are meeting with teachers' union members to discuss ways to slash the budget without laying off employees, the assistant superintendent said.