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lateral thinking

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Philosophy
lateral thinkingˌlateral ˈthinking noun [uncountable]  RPa way of thinking in which you use your imagination to see relationships between things that are not normally thought of together
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lateral thinkingArrangement of ideas on the board provides a stimulus for new ideas and lateral thinking. 4.Others include lateral thinking, straight and crooked thinking, potential problem analysis, rational decision-making, and so on.So a little lateral thinking was called for.It was a peculiar form of lateral thinking, inspired by instinct.And that very excess of safety inspired some bright Vadinamians in to a galaxy-class piece of lateral thinking.The model represents most of de Bono's ideas on lateral thinking.Post-war lateral thinking solved the problem by abolishing the school, but the building survived that, too.It can be immensely useful - and that is what is looked for with lateral thinking - or it can be false.
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