Definition of lateral thinking in English:

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lateral thinking

noun

The solving of problems by an indirect and creative approach, typically through viewing the problem in a new and unusual light. Contrasted with vertical thinking.
Example sentences
  • It allows creative, lateral thinking, basically silly, saying the first thing that comes into your head, no great depth.
  • Even better, the service was developed using just creative and lateral thinking without any extra funding.
  • They also underline the creative and lateral thinking which helps to make us market leaders.

Derivatives

lateral thinker

noun
Example sentences
  • But my biggest problem looks like being the determination of rock's favourite lateral thinker never to repeat himself.
  • I'm a bit of a lateral thinker and can be talking about the price of butter one minute and combine harvesters the next.
  • And it doesn't create the kind of rounded characters that make innovative, lateral thinkers.

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Syllabification: lat·er·al think·ing

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