The term laid-back

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allmod

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According to Merriam-Webster's, the term laid-back is an adjective and is hyphenated.

Ex: My professor is a laid-back guy.
[clearly an adjective here as it precedes a noun]

However is the position is changed:

Ex: My professor is laid-back.

If it does not precede a noun, is it still hyphenated?

According to Webster's, it should be hyphenated in all cases. Am I understanding this correctly?
 

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Yes. It is an adjective in both cases. Predicate adjective in the latter.
 
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