plural noun
lay·​peo·​ple | \ ˈlā-ˌpē-pəl How to pronounce laypeople (audio) \

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In August, there was an outcry from laypeople and investigations by civil authorities across the country after a report by Pennsylvania’s attorney general documented abuse accusations against more than 300 priests there. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "U.S. Bishop Resigns Over Old Sex-Abuse Allegations," 19 Dec. 2018 Hubble has been helping astronomers better understand the universe, and thrilling laypeople with its gorgeous cosmic postcards, for more than a quarter century. Mike Wall,, "Galaxy Distorted by Long-Ago Collision Glows in Gorgeous Hubble Photo," 1 June 2018 The council is a mix of laypeople and clergy who advise the bishops’ conference. Marisa Iati, The Seattle Times, "Bishops are conflicted about how they need to change to reduce sexual abuse," 13 Nov. 2018 Philip Tetlock at the University of Pennsylvania has been, for decades, studying how experts and laypeople make predictions about future events, and holding tournaments to isolate the factors that lead to good, accurate forecasts. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Criminal profiling doesn’t work. TV shows should maybe stop celebrating it.," 12 Nov. 2018 The tentative agreement, announced by both sides Friday, would compensate 86 victims of abuse from priests, nuns and laypeople in the Great Falls-Billings diocese between the 1950s and 1990s. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Montana Diocese Settles Abuse Claims," 27 Apr. 2018 With a command of sign language and the ability to understand upwards of 2,000 English words, Koko redefined interspecies communication and captured the affections of scientists, celebrities and laypeople alike. Emma Krupp, RedEye Chicago, "The new 'Roseanne,' a MoviePass surge charge, and more conversation starters for your weekend," 29 June 2018 We are introduced to a hearty group of scientists and laypeople who became part of a Pluto fan club whose unwavering passion led to a fascinating voyage of discovery. Scott Stantis,, "'Chasing New Horizons' spins fascinating chronicle of Pluto mission," 11 May 2018 AEDs are placed in airports and other public places, where laypeople can instantly use them to resuscitate someone in cardiac arrest. Felice J. Freyer,, "Stopping a deadly bleed: it’s more complicated than you think," 9 May 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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