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lateral thinking

[ lat-er-uhl thing-king ]
/ ˈlæt ər əl ˈθɪŋ kɪŋ /
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noun
an approach to problem solving that involves nontraditional thought processes such as free association of ideas, creative analogy, pattern recognition, intuition, etc.: This position requires lateral thinking, collaborative skills, and the ability to deal with ambiguity.Compare vertical thinking.
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Origin of lateral thinking

Coined in 1967 by Maltese psychologist E. de Bono (1933–2021)
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British Dictionary definitions for lateral thinking

lateral thinking

noun
a way of solving problems by rejecting traditional methods and employing unorthodox and apparently illogical means
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