Otherwise definitions

ŭth'ər-wīz'
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.

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In another way; differently.

She thought otherwise.

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Under other circumstances.

Otherwise I might have helped.

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In other respects.

An otherwise logical mind.

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Used to indicate a category to which the preceding adverb does not apply.

All the students, dressed suitably and otherwise, went on the field trip.

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Or else.
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If not; or else.
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Other than supposed; different.

The evidence is otherwise.

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In another way; differently.

She thought otherwise.

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Under other circumstances.

Otherwise I might have helped.

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In other respects.

An otherwise logical mind.

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Used to indicate a category to which the preceding adverb does not apply.

All the students, dressed suitably and otherwise, went on the field trip.

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Or else.
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If not; or else.
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Other than supposed; different.

The evidence is otherwise.

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In another manner; differently.

To believe otherwise.

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In all other points or respects.

An otherwise intelligent person.

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In other circumstances.
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If not.

Do it right; otherwise, you'll have to do it over.

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In another condition; different.

The answer could not be otherwise.

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(manner) Differently, in another way.

You may have a point, but I think otherwise.

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(conjunctive) In different circumstances; or else.

I'm not well today, otherwise I would have helped. You have to open your umbrella, otherwise you'll get wet.

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(conjunctive) In all other respects.

He lost his temper once in a while. Otherwise he behaved rationally.

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Other than supposed; different.

He said he didn't do it, but the evidence was otherwise.

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Origin of otherwise

Middle English from Old English (on) ōthere wīsan (in) another manner ōthre dative of ōther other wīsan dative of wīse manner wise2