oth|er|wise [ `ʌðər,waız ] adverb ***
Otherwise can be used in the following ways:
as a way of showing how a sentence or clause is related to what has already been said:
We must hurry; otherwise we'll miss the train.
as an ordinary adverb:
You're in love with Robert. There's no point in pretending otherwise.
1. ) used for saying if one thing does not happen or is not true, something else will happen, usually something bad:
I hope the weather improves. Otherwise, we'll have to cancel the picnic.
The program has saved thousands of children who would otherwise have died.
a ) used when you are trying to show that something must be true, by saying that the situation would be different if it was not true:
Of course they're interested. Otherwise they wouldn't be asking about prices.
He must be fairly intelligent, otherwise he wouldn't have gotten in to Harvard.
2. ) in a different or opposite way from what has been mentioned:
Sarah believed Tony was innocent. She had actually never thought otherwise.
I'll plan to wait here unless someone tells me otherwise.
a ) FORMAL in any other ways:
Governments must not ban or otherwise prevent the sale of legally imported goods.
Library books should not be marked, defaced, or otherwise damaged.
3. ) used for saying that something is true except for the fact you have just mentioned:
The driver suffered shock, but was otherwise unhurt.
We have a slight problem with the temperature control, but otherwise everything's fine.
or otherwise
or the opposite:
There will be no surprises pleasant or otherwise.
otherwise known as
used for showing that someone has another name or title:
William Frederick Cody, otherwise known as Buffalo Bill.
otherwise than LEGAL
in any way except the way you are mentioning:
A partnership cannot be ended otherwise than by mutual agreement.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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