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lateral thinking

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

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
Translations

lateral thinking

nunkonventionelles Denken, Querdenken nt

lateral thinking

npensiero laterale
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More than 200 top CEOs, visionaries, lateral thinkers and inspiring personalities from society, academia, politics, the international automotive business and the hi-tech scene will share their visions and ideas of the future of mobility.
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Surely with all the inventors around in the field of engineering who are lateral thinkers, one would think that they could come up with the answer either to reduce or eradicate air pollution within the infrastructure of our towns and cities.
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In addition, even uninhibited lateral thinkers will have to exhibit a sufficient degree of adaptability to feel at home in the banking environment.
Women are less impulsive, lateral thinkers and they bring a calm to the locker room.
Everything from creating better lateral thinkers to having a more robust left brain/right brain connection which ensures students can connect the theoretical with the practical elements of abstract thought (as it pertains to mathematical, scientific and linguistic concepts by the way) is no longer a musician's pipe dream, but the result of cold scientific research.
"They're mavericks, they're lateral thinkers, they ignore current wisdom," says the professor.
History is filled with lateral thinkers from Copernicus to Einstein to Bill Gates.
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However, many dyslexic people are often artistic, creative, original, lateral thinkers and as a result very often excel in careers such as design, engineering, architecture, IT or medicine.
It made us all lateral thinkers. So, you see, when you overcome, it can be an advantage."

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