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

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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However, he is said to have confessed to breaking monkhood rules to the laymen and villagers, saying that he did get engaged, but the woman has only been doing chores.
In 1881, Boutros Ghali and his fellow laymen established the Great Coptic Benevolent Society.
Majority of Opus Dei members are laymen; only a small percentage of its members are ordained priests.
Laymen will also perform the rites at baptisms and funerals.
In Scandinavia as elsewhere in Europe, the laymen's movement paved the way for the democratic winds in politics, with improved human rights and workers rights, and even the socialist movement and the labour movement that came later.
How much did the doctrines of the church in Norway actually influence the actions and ideas of laymen in the Middle Ages?
"Let laymen [sic] not imagine that their pastors are always such experts that to every problem that arises, however complicated, they can readily give them a concrete solution, or even that such is their mission.
That mission also requires that Catholic laymen use their specific talents within secular life to promote its health.
The culmination of years of research, What Ails The White House is written to be accessible to medical laymen and experts alike.
Laymen may not recognize this for what it is: an unconstitutional delegation of executive authority.
During his time at CMI, Kay has been the lead coordinator and instructor for hundreds of courses and remains well recognized and respected throughout the industry for his ability to interpret complex metallurgical data, particularly in the areas of gating and risering technology and casting defect identification and analysis, and relate the information in laymen's terms to a wide variety of audiences.
What is unusual is how he responded to their needs: entering the secular arena, empowering laymen, and tempering his organizational gifts with asceticism and humility.