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

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In assessing the impact of a Line 5 closure on consumers, experts and laypeople can agree on one thing: It's complicated. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Shut down Enbridge Line 5? Here are 6 things to know," 27 June 2019 In order to shame churchmen and laypeople alike into being less focused on wealth and luxury, moralists mobilized all the rhetorical weapons at their disposal. Sara Lipton, The New York Review of Books, "A Terribly Durable Myth," 17 June 2019 The possibility of doing that without qualified laypeople is next to impossible. Ian Lovett, WSJ, "U.S. Bishops Approve New Reporting Policies Amid Sexual-Abuse Crisis," 13 June 2019 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

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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