Definition of vertical thinking in English:

vertical thinking

Line breaks: ver|ti¦cal think|ing

noun

[mass noun] chiefly British
  • The solving of problems using conventional logical processes. Contrasted with lateral thinking.
    More example sentences
    • Lateral thinking enhances the effectiveness of vertical thinking by offering it more to select from.
    • Thus where vertical thinking focuses on the answers, lateral thinking generates questions and hypotheses.
    • Limitations of vertical thinking include being right at every stage and having everything rigidly defined.

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