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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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Last year, Westside sent out layoff notices to more than 40 teachers but ended up not laying off anyone, Farrell said.
rehired fired cashiers to save training costs after laying off
Still, Giles said, ``we're not talking about laying off any teachers.
The board voted against laying off seven custodians, two other groundskeepers and a technology technician.
Facing a $57 million shortfall, the Los Angeles Superior Court is laying off 25 entry-level employees and nine student workers from locations in the San Fernando Valley.
Though all the local districts are keeping a wary eye on the state education budget, none has to resort to laying off employees - a step many state districts are being forced to take.
Just because a company says they're laying off, it doesn't mean that 10,000 people will be losing their jobs,'' said Patrick Carey, economist from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
com portal Monday, laying off 400 employees and discontinuing trading of the Disney Internet Group.
Rather than laying off 30 percent of the work force, we only had to lay off 5 percent,'' she said.
closed the home mortgage lender's Woodland Hills office Friday, laying off five employees.