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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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British Dictionary definitions for other-wise

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 other-wise

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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