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Ways of solving problems - thesaurus

Synonyms

solution

noun

a way to solve a problem or to deal with a bad situation

compromise

noun

a way of solving a problem or ending an argument in which both people or groups accept that they cannot have everything they want

remedy

noun

a solution to a particular problem

cure

noun

a solution to a problem

resolution

noun

the action of solving a problem or dealing with a disagreement in a satisfactory way

way out

noun

a way of dealing with a problem

answer

noun

a way of solving or dealing with a problem

heuristics

noun

a way of solving problems by finding solutions based on your own experiences

fix

noun

something that solves a problem or corrects a mistake

process of elimination

noun

a way of finding an answer or solution by first deciding which answers or solutions are not possible

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ADR

noun

alternative dispute resolution: a system such as mediation that allows parties to a legal argument to settle their case without going to a court of law

alternative dispute resolution

noun

a system such as mediation that allows parties to a legal argument to settle their case without going to a court of law

antidote

noun

something that helps to improve the effects of something bad or negative

any port in a storm

used for saying that you will accept any help or take any opportunity if you are in a bad situation

arbitrability

noun

the ability of a dispute to be taken to arbitration

arbitrable

adjective

if a legal case is arbitrable, it can be dealt with at arbitration

arbitral

adjective

related to the process of arbitration

arbitration

noun

the official process of trying to settle a disagreement between two people or groups by considering all the facts and opinions

arrangements

noun

a way of organizing things so that problems are solved or avoided

Band-Aid

informal a temporary way of dealing with a problem that will not really solve it

clincher

noun

informal something that settles an argument, makes someone decide something, or helps someone achieve something

combat

noun

an attempt to stop something bad or to solve a difficult problem

compromise

noun

involving a compromise

concession

noun

something that you choose to do because it is sensible or convenient for the situation you are in

correction

noun

a change that solves a problem or produces the right result

corrective

noun

formal something that corrects a mistake or improves a bad situation

crisis management

noun

methods for dealing with a crisis

cure-all

noun

something that cures every illness or solves every problem

damage control

noun

the process of trying to limit the negative effects of something

the easy way out

an easy way of doing something or of dealing with a problem, but not the right way or the best way

expedient

noun

an action that produces an immediate result or solution to a problem, even though it may not be fair or honest

footwork

noun

quick or skillful actions to deal with a problem

formula

noun

a plan or method for dealing with a problem or for achieving a result

if all else fails

used for saying that, if other methods do not succeed, there is one last thing that you can try to do

initiative

noun

an important action that is intended to solve a problem

insurance

noun

a situation or action intended to prevent something bad from happening or to prevent you from being affected by it if it does happen

kill or cure

an action you take that will either destroy something or save it completely

lateral thinking

noun

a way of solving a problem in which you use your imagination to try to think about it in a different or unusual way

the line/path of least resistance

the way of doing something that causes the fewest problems

magic bullet

noun

a quick and easy solution to a very difficult problem

magic wand

noun

an immediate and easy way of solving a problem

navigation

noun

a way to find and follow a path through a difficult place or deal effectively with a complicated situation

offset

noun

something that balances the effect of something else, so that there is no advantage or disadvantage

open sesame

noun

an easy way for you to get something that seems difficult or impossible

panacea

noun

something that people think will solve all their problems

the pen is mightier than the sword

used for saying that what someone writes can have more effect than violent action

prescription

noun

a plan that will help to you achieve something, or that will have a particular result

problem-solving

noun

the process of finding solutions to problems

quick fix

noun

informal something that can be done quickly in order to solve a problem or repair something that is broken though it may not last long

reconciliation

noun

a way of making it possible for ideas, beliefs, needs, etc. that are opposed to each other to exist together

satisfaction

noun

formal a satisfactory reply to a complaint, or a satisfactory solution to a problem

settlement

noun

a formal agreement that ends a disagreement

shock therapy

noun

informal an extreme method of any type, used for dealing with a difficult situation

silver bullet

noun

a solution to a complicated problem that seems very simple but is unlikely to work

soft landing

noun

a good or easy solution to a political or economic difficulty

stopgap

noun

a person or thing that provides a temporary solution

Swiss army knife

a method or system that deals with situations of all types

way out/around

a method of solving a problem, or of avoiding a difficult situation

weapon

noun

something that helps you to achieve something difficult or to get rid of something bad

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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