Definition of lateral thinking in English:

lateral thinking

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noun

[mass noun] chiefly British
  • 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.
    More 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
More 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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