lateral thinking


chiefly British
: a method for solving problems by making unusual or unexpected connections between ideas

Examples of lateral thinking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To formulate the paradox, Susskind applied a form of lateral thinking. George Musser, Quanta Magazine, 6 June 2023 Interventions that encourage people to challenge stereotypes also foster lateral thinking—the use of indirect and novel approaches to solving problems—along with general creativity and mental flexibility. Richard J. Crisp, Scientific American, 1 May 2015

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“Lateral thinking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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