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in layman's terms

In words that can be understood by people outside of a given profession or field of expertise, i.e., without the use of jargon or highly technical terms. Chronic atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries has stopped oxygen-rich blood from reaching the heart, leading to a myocardial infarction. In layman's terms, you've suffered a heart attack. I wish these software agreements would be written in layman's terms, rather than this legalese gobbledygook.
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All areas for operating a successful business, including effective leadership, historical analysis, and planning for the future are discussed in laymen's terms.
As per the laymen's terms, what it will be building is the motor that opens the airplane's bomb-bay doors.
Intended for social media users and bloggers, this book uses laymen's terms to make digital media legal jargon easier to understand while offering practical advice on how to get your message across without getting sued in the US and abroad.
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.
The report is fully explained in laymen's terms and is easy to understand.
While the book is not exactly written in laymen's terms, anyone who has the confidence to select their own stocks should be able to understand its concepts with no problem.
When scientists were working on the Hubble telescope, they created, in laymen's terms, a super--sensitive camera.
Wehrell says that the distinguishing kinetic about Vertimax is that it applies a non-varying level of resistance throughout the complete concentric and eccentric movement, or, in laymen's terms, the entire jumping motion.
Archbishop Chaput said Catholics need to know what the Church teaches about contraception because the 'teaching on contraception has been a battleground for those with differing views of Church authority, and, additionally, it would be a fitting tribute to the Pope to put into laymen's terms the teaching of John Paul II on the human body'" (Wanderer, Nov 20/03).
In laymen's terms, it represents a large-scale shift in ocean temperatures and other factors that contribute to generally cooler and drier weather in Southern California, particularly near the coast.
Using USDA grant money, Mason also produced a video that explains food safety principles and irradiation in laymen's terms.
In laymen's terms, it makes software to control Internet traffic, content and security and helps limit bandwidth congestion and speed up servers.
Barton adds, "The operations people spent hours and hours with him, actually teaching him to speak in laymen's terms.
In laymen's terms, it's become harder to keep your sunny side up.
But a few summers ago, as my friend Bill Leonard and I tramped through the ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest, we restated this formal phrase in simple laymen's terms.