otherwise


otherwise
oth|er|wise
W2S1 [ˈʌðəwaız US ˈʌðər-] adv
1.) [sentence adverb]
used when saying what bad thing will happen if something is not done
You'll have to go now, otherwise you'll miss your bus.
Put your coat on, otherwise you'll get cold.
2.) [sentence adverb]
used when saying what would have happened or might have happened if something else had not happened
We were delayed at the airport. Otherwise we would have been here by lunch time.
They got two free tickets to Canada, otherwise they'd never have been able to afford to go.
3.) say/think/decide etc otherwise
to say, think, or decide something different
The government claims that the economy is improving, but this survey suggests otherwise.
A lot of people think otherwise.
4.) except for what has just been mentioned
He was tired but otherwise in good health.
[sentence adverb]
I could hear the distant noise of traffic. Otherwise all was still.
[+ adjective/adverb]
This spoiled an otherwise excellent piece of work.
Their arrival livened up an otherwise dull afternoon.
5.) or otherwise
especially BrE used to refer to the opposite of what has just been mentioned
We welcome any comments from viewers, favourable or otherwise.
The truth or otherwise of this diagnosis would be revealed in the future.
6.) otherwise engaged
formal busy doing something else
I'm afraid I will be otherwise engaged that day.
7.) otherwise known as
also called
Albert DeSalvo, otherwise known as the Boston Strangler
8.) formal in a different way
people who smoke or otherwise abuse their bodies
9.) it cannot be otherwise/how can it be otherwise?
formal used to say that it is impossible for something to be different from the way it is
Life in the military is hard - how can it be otherwise?

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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