divergent thinking

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
Hypernyms: ↑thinking, ↑thought, ↑thought process, ↑cerebration, ↑intellection, ↑mentation
Part Holonyms: ↑creativity, ↑creativeness, ↑creative thinking

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noun
: creative thinking that may follow many lines of thought and that tends to generate new and original solutions to problems — compare convergent thinking herein

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divergent thinking noun (behaviourism)
Thinking that is productive and original, involving the creation of a variety of ideas or solutions that tend to go beyond conventional categories, opp to convergent thinking
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Main Entry:diverge

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