otherwise

pronoun
oth·​er·​wise | \ˈə-t͟hər-ˌwīz \

Definition of otherwise 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: something or anything else : something to the contrary was ordered to testify and could not do otherwise

otherwise

adverb

Definition of otherwise (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : in a different way or manner glossed over or otherwise handledPlayboy All shows begin at 8:00 unless otherwise noted.

2 : in different circumstances might otherwise have left The test helps identify problems that might have otherwise gone unnoticed.

3 : in other respects an otherwise flimsy farceCurrent Biography I didn't like the ending, but otherwise it was a very good book. The patient had a foot problem, but she was otherwise healthy.

4 : if not do what I tell you, otherwise you'll be sorry Tickets can be bought in advance at a discount; otherwise they can be purchased at the door for full price.

5 : not paired with an adjective, adverb, noun, or verb to indicate its contrary or to suggest an indefinite alternative people whose deeds, admirable or otherwise— John Fischeralmost thirty thousand women, Irish and otherwise— J. M. Burnshis opinion as to the success or otherwise of itAustralian Dictionary of Biography

otherwise

adjective

Definition of otherwise (Entry 3 of 3)

: different if conditions were otherwise

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Synonyms & Antonyms for otherwise

Synonyms: Adverb

differently, else, other (than)

Antonyms: Adverb

likewise

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Examples of otherwise in a Sentence

Adverb

All of the books had been burned or otherwise destroyed. The women talked in the living room while the men were otherwise occupied. Art allows us to express things that we would not be able to express otherwise. Something must be wrong; otherwise, he would have called. The test helps identify problems that might otherwise go unnoticed. One of the boys has a freckle on his cheek. Otherwise, the twins are nearly identical. I didn't like the ending, but otherwise it was a very good book.

Adjective

If conditions were otherwise, I wouldn't be so worried.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

And as the world’s largest economy, its failure gives other world leaders little incentive to do otherwise. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "The G20 summit is a reminder of how little the US is doing for American workers," 26 Nov. 2018 Note: All of the deals below start on November 22 unless otherwise noted. Emily Heller, Curbed, "Black Friday 2018: Best home tech deals to watch for," 24 Nov. 2018 The flu shot does not give you the flu, although a recent survey revealed most parents believe otherwise. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "No, The Flu Shot Won't Give You the Flu — But Here’s Why You Might Feel Sick Afterwards," 19 Oct. 2018 But Jennifer Hoyal Cuthill at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, along with Jian Han at Northwest University in Xi’an, China, has found evidence that says otherwise. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Weird Prehistoric Plant Turns Out To Be Weird Prehistoric Animal," 8 Aug. 2018 Other visitors have been paralyzed or otherwise seriously injured after slipping and falling off the lower and upper falls along the Graveyard Fields loop trail in Canton over the years, Parton said. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Boy falls 30-60 feet down a steep NC waterfall — and lived," 10 July 2018 Community organizations and service providers were on hand during the party, and girls in the mentoring programs at each of the three high schools had an opportunity to recite poetry, sing or otherwise express themselves. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora mentoring program aims to help girls build leadership," 7 July 2018 Now, customers who avoided the line or otherwise missed the sale still can get a $15 voucher in the U.S. and Canada. Sonja Haller, ajc, "How to get your $15 voucher after the failed Pay Your Age event at Build-a-Bear," 13 July 2018 Since that time, fictive sisterhoods of all stripes (familial and otherwise) have been realized to wonderful effect, giving women the opportunity to commune and take up space in ways not always fostered by their surrounding culture. Marley Marius, Vogue, "8 Stirring Tales of Sisterhood Adapted From the Page to the Silver Screen (That Aren’t Greta Gerwig’s Little Women)," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of otherwise

Pronoun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for otherwise

Pronoun

Middle English, from Old English (on) ōthre wīsan in another manner

Adverb

see otherwise entry 1

Adjective

see otherwise entry 1

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The first known use of otherwise was in the 13th century

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otherwise

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of otherwise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in a different way or manner

: if something did not happen, was not true, etc.

: in all ways except the one mentioned

otherwise

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of otherwise (Entry 2 of 2)

: not the same

otherwise

adverb
oth·​er·​wise | \ˈə-t͟hər-ˌwīz \

Kids Definition of otherwise

1 : in another way He never treated her otherwise than with respect.

2 : in different circumstances Thanks for driving; otherwise I couldn't go.

3 : in other ways Trucks aren't allowed, but it is an otherwise busy street.

4 : if not : or else “I always have to sing to myself for a while; otherwise I can't sleep …”— Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking

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