in layman's terms

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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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In layman's terms, Moshiri (right) can now do as he pleases with Everton.
In layman's terms, that means you get a wider string angle typical of a bow with a longer axle-to-axle measurement, which translates to better head position and less nock pinch.
As a consequence, local government has received a reduction in grants from central Government which, in layman's terms, means there is less available to support all aspects of city services.
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Presenting underlying economic concepts in layman's terms, "The ABCs of the Economic Crisis" is invaluable.
The report considers batch and continuous systems, and contains details of key developments by equipment manufacturers, with the different concepts discussed in layman's terms. It also summarizes the range of mixing techniques applied in the industry.
As much a transformational book for the self as it is a discussion of how the Moon has been perceived since British and Irish prehistory, Queen Of The Night discusses both astronomical and spiritual manners in layman's terms. A readily accessible and welcome contribution to new age literature and reference.
From the historical and modern-day role of religion in Middle Eastern society, to the role of women, the structure of politics, and the often violent history of armed conflict within the region, Understanding the Contemporary Middle East presents complex reality in layman's terms. A "must-read" primer for any beginning student of Middle East society, and a vital resource for anyone striving to better understand the setting and driving forces behind world news headlines.
In layman's terms, ships that call on non-certified terminals become "contaminated" and may not be allowed to dock at certified ports afterwards.
In layman's terms, it means one part water for every eight parts of sands with small sand grains recommended.
The other articles described, in layman's terms, an audit, a compilation and a review and how these services relate to small- and mid-sized businesses.
Priced at 125 [pounds sterling] for CCFRA members (225 [pounds sterling] non-members), UK Food Law Notes is 'written in layman's terms' and provides quick access to information on UK food law for technical managers.
Illnesses and treatment are explained in layman's terms. He discusses other dangers (e.g., snow blindness, getting lost, falling into a crevasse, frostbite, and exhaustion) that lurk nearby.
Ogren explains in layman's terms what botanical basics, such as size, shape, colon fragrance and sex, turn a garden from a place of peace into a war zone for itchy eyes.
Exercise instructions are written in layman's terms and the pages are laid out so they can be conveniently photocopied for client use.