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Definition of lateral thinking noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

lateral thinking

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌlætərəl ˈθɪŋkɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌlætərəl ˈθɪŋkɪŋ//
 
[uncountable] (especially British English)
 
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a way of solving problems by using your imagination to find new ways of looking at the problem