Definition of Out-of-the-box thinking
1. Noun. Thinking that moves away in diverging directions so as to involve a variety of aspects and which sometimes lead to novel ideas and solutions; associated with creativity.
Group relationships: Creative Thinking, Creativeness, Creativity
Generic synonyms: Cerebration, Intellection, Mentation, Thinking, Thought, Thought Process
Antonyms: Convergent Thinking
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Literary usage of Out-of-the-box thinking
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1. Turn of the Century: 2100 by Charlie Pedersen (2007)
"... Acknowledgements: To Ozzie Davis, Marvin Van Peeples, and Gordon Parks, who took pioneering, brave, out of the box thinking, out of the building! ..."
2. Bridges to Independence: Fostering the Independence of New Investigators in by National Research Council (U. S.) (2005)
"1A trend away from higher-risk, higher-reward research programs is, of course, not limited to new investigators, but out-of-the-box thinking may be ..."
3. Now Is Too Late 2: Survival in an Era of Instant News by Gerald R. Baron (2006)
"They must have conducted a brainstorming session to do some "out of the box" thinking, for when the changes were presented to the local audience the ..."
4. Relinking Life and Work: Toward a Better Future by Rhona Rapoport, Lotte Bailyn, Ford Foundation (1996)
"And we challenge assumptions about "unchangeable" conditions while encouraging out-of-the-box thinking about work practices. Each of these steps can best be ..."