lay person


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lay person

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layperson

n, pl lay persons, lay people, laypersons or laypeople
1. a person who is not a member of the clergy
2. a person who does not have specialized or professional knowledge of a subject: a lay person's guide to conveyancing.
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The store features an in-house staff of counter persons and service repair technicians to assist the professional and lay person in product selection and maintenance of equipment.
It is now rare to see women preaching in Catholic churches, But Bill Ryan, a spokesman for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, said both the conference and Vatican have issued norms stating that a bishop can authorize a lay person "whether male or female" to preach when no priest is present.
This new CD-ROM is ideal for both the lay person as well as for members of the medical and pharmaceutical community.
In this light she reviews, in the language of the lay person, what philosophers from Plato and Aristotle to Mill, Kant and Nietzsche have had to say about victims, hatred, power, justice, responsibility and all those other concepts which are inherent in human society.
The Church as such has no proper mission in the political order, but the lay person, in conformity with the Natural Law and the Law of the Gospel, must strive in his own name, and not that of the Church as such, to build a Christian civilization or Christendom.
The other nominee was George Koshy of India, a lay person, who was ultimately elected vice-chair.
The Grand Cross is the highest award conferred on a lay person who is not a head of state or government (Zenit, Nov.
Walker, then a lay person, and the complainant, who is not identified in the charge, were camping near Kamloops.
The voluntary position went to Malcolm Naea Chun, a lay person from Hawaii.
Another moving aspect of the service mentioned by a lay person was the passing of the peace, often among complete strangers, he said.
It ended with this statement: "We prohibit and strictly forbid any ecclesiastic or lay person from presuming to defend as permissible this trade in Blacks under no matter what pretext or excuse, or from publishing or teaching in any manner whatsoever, in public or privately, opinions contrary to what We have set forth in these Apostolic Letters.
The lay person is not going to know how to round up sheep let alone take them away.