- Otherwise is defined as in other circumstances, other ways or other respects, or can mean "or else."
- If a person is normally nice but is rude only on one particular occasion, this is an example of when you might say he is otherwise very nice except for that occasion.
- If a dog has all brown fur but one white paw, this is an example of when you might say that he is an otherwise brown dog.
- If you are known as Joe but also known as Joseph, this is an example of when you might introduce yourself as Joe, otherwise known as Joseph.
- If the only reason you do not eat nuts is because you are allergic, this is an example of when you might say that you are allergic, otherwise you'd eat them.
- in another manner; differently: to believe otherwise
- in all other points or respects: an otherwise intelligent person
- in other circumstances
- if not: used as a conjunctive adverb: do it right; otherwise, you'll have to do it over
Origin: Middle English othre wise from Old English on othre wisan: see wise
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- In another way; differently: She thought otherwise.
- Under other circumstances: Otherwise I might have helped.
- In other respects: an otherwise logical mind.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English (on) ōthere wīsan, (in) another manner : ōthre, dative of ōther, other + wīsan, dative of wīse, manner; see wise2.