Similarly, how does one express holding opposing or considering many options about a problem or opinion?

I am trying to concisely express the ability to consider all sides.

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    Do you mean "deliberate"? - To consider (a matter) carefully and often slowly, as by weighing alternatives. – user22542 Mar 1 '19 at 17:55
  • Concision does not necessarily mean finding a single word to replace a phrase. "We must consider the matter from all sides" is a concise statement. – TRomano Mar 1 '19 at 18:04
  • Thanks for the clarification about concision. I'd edit if I knew how. – Ken Mar 1 '19 at 18:29
  • You're looking to say "We should ________ the matter" where a single verb is placed in the blank, right? – TRomano Mar 1 '19 at 19:32

If you put verbs of discussion and thought in the first person, they seem to work. For example, "bandy": "I bandied about the problem."

"Brainstorm", and "puzzle over" also indicate a multi-step process, although not specifically "multi-view".

Also see: Word for seeing both sides of an argument and How to express "to look at more or all sides" and "consider more or all views" for a thing?

  • And there it is! Perfect. "Dialectic - the art or practice of arriving at the truth by the exchange of logical arguments. The process especially associated with Hegel of arriving at the truth by stating a thesis, developing a contradictory antithesis, and combining and resolving them into a coherent synthesis." Thanks! – Ken Mar 1 '19 at 19:20

Contemplate been the first word to come to my mind, and it's meaning is given in Oxford dictionary as:


with object

1.1 Think about.

she couldn't even begin to contemplate the future

1.2 ( no object ) Think deeply and at length.

he sat morosely contemplating

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