lateral thinking

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lateral thinking

n
(Psychology) a way of solving problems by rejecting traditional methods and employing unorthodox and apparently illogical means
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lateral thinking

, vertical thinking - Lateral thinking is illogical; vertical thinking is logical.
See also related terms for vertical.
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Noun1.lateral thinking - a heuristic for solving problems; you try to look at the problem from many angles instead of tackling it head-on
heuristic, heuristic program, heuristic rule - a commonsense rule (or set of rules) intended to increase the probability of solving some problem
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Translations

lateral thinking

nunkonventionelles Denken, Querdenken nt
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lateral thinking

npensiero laterale
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But often the solution is easier than it first appears, with a little lateral thought usually saving the day.
"This was well received by all judges and show good teamwork and lateral thought."
Perhaps they should be supplying more lateral thought.