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  1. lateral thinking(noun)

    a heuristic for solving problems; you try to look at the problem from many angles instead of tackling it head-on

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  1. lateral thinking(Noun)

    Using reasoned thought in a non-standard, or non-linear logical, way to find a solution to a problem.

  2. Origin: Term coined by Edward de Bono in 1967

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  1. Lateral thinking

    Lateral thinking is solving problems through an indirect and creative approach, using reasoning that is not immediately obvious and involving ideas that may not be obtainable by using only traditional step-by-step logic. The term was coined in 1967 by Edward de Bono. According to de Bono, lateral thinking deliberately distances itself from standard perceptions of creativity as either "vertical" logic or "horizontal" imagination.

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