layperson layperson  /leɪ ˈpɜr sɪn/


  • (n) someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person



  1. But journal articles generally assume readers understand that correlation is not causation, a subtlety that may be lost on the layperson.
  2. However, it contains a lot of information useful to the layperson as well.
  3. What was obvious to me as a layperson was the extreme difficulty, complexity and danger involved in destroying chemical weapons.


  1. Letters to the Editor June 6, 2013

    Privatizing authority is of questionable legality At the joint supervisors/City Council meeting on May 21, county Supervisor Roger Gitlin stated publicly that he had received a confidential memo from legal counsel regarding the possible legal implications of privatizing the Solid Waste Authority due to a Costa Mesa case. As a layperson, the case seems quite simple. The Costa Mesa City Council ...
    on June 8, 2013     Source: The Daily Triplicate

  2. Roger Bacon High School appoints new president

    Thomas W. Burke has been appointed the President of Roger Bacon High School. Burke, a 1969 graduate of Roger Bacon, is only the second president in the school's history and the first layperson to hold the position. 
    on June 6, 2013     Source: FOX 19 Cincinnati


  1. "No Catholic, whether layperson, priest or bishop, can ever negate the memory of the Shoah, just as no Catholic should ever tolerate expressions of anti-Semitism and religious bigotry," George said in the statement which expressed sympathy for...
    on Feb 5, 2009 By: Cardinal Francis George Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

  2. "At this time, I again offer my personal apology to every victim who has suffered sexual abuse by a priest, religious, deacon or layperson in this Archdiocese," Mahony said. "It is the shared hope of everyone in our local church that these...
    on Jul 16, 2007 By: Cardinal Roger Mahony Source: USA Today

  3. "I'm just reacting as a human being, and as a layperson. When I hear this story and learn a little bit more about it, I think it affects all of us," McGuinty told reporters. "And we ask ourselves, well, how did we go wrong? As a society, how...
    on Apr 23, 2008 By: Dalton McGuinty Source:

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