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layman

noun amateur, civilian, laic, nonprofessional, nonspecialist, one who has no specialized training, unnkilled practitioner, untrained person
Associated concepts: lay witness
See also: amateur

LAYMAN, eccl. law. One who is not an ecclesiastic nor a clergyman.

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Although the parish report, written by layperson Sandra Flowers, often mentions the congregation's desire to have a full-time priest, it also acknowledges that the church has "many debts" and "maybe (needs) to look elsewhere for financial support.
It specifies in Section 4 that laypersons should collaborate in liturgical ministries with an ordained pastor and as preachers, only in extreme necessity.
For me it's more a case of what I used to be able to do, even as a layperson.
Jesuits who work in an institution or apostolate headed by a layperson receive their assignment from their provincial superior, but fulfill their mission under the direction of the layperson, the document said.
The Second Vatican Council was clear that whatever competence, expertise, or talent a layperson possesses is to be welcomed by the whole church as one of the ways in which God may speak to us.
The LIFEPAK CR Plus is designed for use by a layperson to administer potentially lifesaving electrical impulses during cardiac arrest.
Who determines that a particular layperson is `orthodox in faith' and by what criteria?
Though the differences are tiny - imperceptible to a layperson - the researchers found that the lizards were changing physically at a pace rivaled only by the Trinidad guppies.
The payment was related to NCDOI's September 2003 announcement that it might fine BCBSNC because of allegations that the company willfully committed multiple violations of the state's prudent layperson law.
Juice bars are not a newfangled Orange Julius, that mall-based franchise of International Dairy Queen that long has fortified teen-agers with orange juice mixed with a foaming substance that no layperson could ever quite identify.
Layperson volunteers without formal medical education were trained to respond to SCA episodes at each location.