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lateral thinking

noun
1.
a way of solving problems by rejecting traditional methods and employing unorthodox and apparently illogical means
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Contemporary definitions for lateral thinking
noun

an unorthodox approach to problem-solving, often looking at a problem from other 'sides' rather than head-on

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