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otherwise

[uhth -er-wahyz] /ˈʌð ərˌwaɪz/
adverb
1.
under other circumstances:
Otherwise they may get broken.
2.
in another manner; differently:
Under the circumstances, I can't believe otherwise.
3.
in other respects:
an otherwise happy life.
conjunction
4.
or else; if not:
Button up your overcoat, otherwise you'll catch cold.
adjective
5.
other or different; of another nature or kind:
We hoped his behavior would be otherwise.
6.
in other or different circumstances:
An otherwise pleasure had become a grinding chore.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English (on) ōthre wīsan (in) another manner. See other, -wise
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  • All positions are tenure-track except where otherwise noted.
  • otherwise the economy may suffer a deep recession which will cut the tax revenues governments need to service their own debt.
  • Unless otherwise noted, the compounds mentioned below are in the early stages of human testing.
  • The housing is too cheap and the folks are too kind for it to be otherwise.
  • Store cookies at room temperature unless recipe directs otherwise.
  • otherwise it's all down to bad guys and good guys, which is really boring.
  • It's a taxable but otherwise free perk at my college.
  • The results confirmed that despite the otherwise pristine appearance of the marsh, oil residues remained.
  • Even so, thousands of law-enforcement officers on our streets are being told otherwise.
  • The resulting multiple perspectives provide possibilities that might otherwise not have been.
British Dictionary definitions for otherwise

otherwise

/ˈʌðəˌwaɪz/
sentence connector
1.
or else; if not, then: go home — otherwise your mother will worry
adverb
2.
differently: I wouldn't have thought otherwise
3.
in other respects: an otherwise hopeless situation
adjective
4.
(predicative) of an unexpected nature; different: the facts are otherwise
pronoun
5.
something different in outcome: success or otherwise
Usage note
The expression otherwise than means in any other way than and should not be followed by an adjective: no-one taught by this method can be other than (not otherwise than) successful; you are not allowed to use the building otherwise than as a private dwelling
Word Origin
C14: from Old English on ōthre wīsan in other manner
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Word Origin and History for otherwise
adv.

contracted from Old English phrase on oðre wisan "in the other manner" (see other + wise (n.)), which in Middle English became oþre wise, and mid-14c. oþerwise. As an adjective from c.1400.

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