Definition of otherwise in English:

otherwise

Pronunciation /ˈəT͟Hərˌwīz/ /ˈəðərˌwaɪz/

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adverb

  • 1In circumstances different from those present or considered; or else.

    ‘the collection brings visitors who might not come to the college otherwise’
    • ‘I'm not motivated by money, otherwise I would have quit’
    • ‘I might have gone to college or university otherwise, and my life path would have been different.’
    • ‘Work-study enables many students to attend college who otherwise couldn't.’
    • ‘Although his record otherwise would make him attractive, getting another college job might be a challenge in the current climate.’
    • ‘That's very important for people to understand because otherwise they'll think that college is out of reach.’
    • ‘They invited her to come and live with them and go to college, an opportunity she might otherwise never have had.’
    • ‘The beneficial effects of therapy serve to reduce the respondent's liability in respect of what would otherwise be continuing symptoms.’
    • ‘The things that bring people here are still bigger than the things that might otherwise keep them apart.’
    • ‘We need everyone to help out as much as they can because otherwise this all falls apart.’
    • ‘I could not emphasise sufficiently that it would be totally wrong otherwise.’
    or else, or, if not
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  • 2In other respects; apart from that.

    ‘an otherwise totally black cat with a single white whisker’
    • ‘Our lanky cat, who is two years old and in all respects healthy otherwise, is very skinny.’
    • ‘But what it is doing is totally alienating otherwise law-abiding citizens and turning them into criminals.’
    • ‘He seemed totally normal otherwise and expected me to be as well.’
    • ‘He took a set off him and broke his serve that otherwise appears totally impregnable.’
    • ‘Three majors was the difference in an otherwise close game.’
    • ‘This may be related to variable proportions of mantle-derived material in an otherwise similar source, or it may reflect melting of different source rocks.’
    • ‘Different colours are frequently used to provide variation in an otherwise monochrome surface.’
    • ‘‘I'm only human,’ he whines, thereby denigrating the rest of his otherwise noble species.’
    • ‘The ancient Egyptian civilization relied on the flooding of the Nile to create fertile land for farming in an otherwise desert landscape.’
    • ‘The laborer unsuccessfully pleaded with the company to reconsider, noting that he was the main breadwinner in his otherwise impoverished family.’
    • ‘Yet in the present struggle, our enemies made three critical mistakes that have for the time being upset their otherwise brilliant plans.’
    • ‘They would grace our otherwise cluttered shelves.’
    • ‘But maybe the reporter is one of those, and the event strikes him as an aberration during an otherwise civilised conflict?’
    • ‘And, in my view, he is very convincing, giving the greatest performance of his otherwise inflated career.’
    • ‘And really, there has to be something more interesting with which to fill your otherwise empty weekend nights.’
    • ‘And at night the procession of lighted carriages dashing through the otherwise dark and quiet countryside was a sight to behold.’
    • ‘They were, as one Army officer put it in March, ‘a glimmer of hope in an otherwise dark place.’’
    • ‘It's a little bit of good news in what has been an otherwise bad seven days.’
    • ‘But I'm willing to overlook small hiccups in an otherwise amazing release.’
    • ‘In my opinion, this ultimate irrationality undermined the movement, its impact and its otherwise noble causes.’
    in other respects, in other ways, apart from that
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  • 3In a different way.

    ‘he means mischief—it's no good pretending otherwise’
    • ‘pretending that they are otherwise engaged’
    • ‘The mental health specialists at the university health service were apparently otherwise engaged.’
    • ‘Nothing gets to me more than being made to wait for attention from someone who is being paid to attend to me but is otherwise engaged in a trivial personal conversation or task.’
    • ‘It would be difficult to swallow that all those officials in any one club would be otherwise engaged on the same evening.’
    • ‘I suspect most readers will be otherwise engaged tonight as well.’
    • ‘I'm glad that my passions have been otherwise engaged, concerned with poetry and art, and with my own small affairs.’
    • ‘Well, the grannies and, come to that, the great grannies that I know are otherwise engaged.’
    • ‘As the proprietor was otherwise engaged, I returned to the shop later in the day.’
    • ‘The roll of honour of those otherwise engaged is long and growing by the day.’
    • ‘Hardy souls not otherwise engaged may be able to get a fish in one of several sides who are short of anglers.’
    • ‘And unlike you, I can keep confidences, even when I'm otherwise engaged.’
    • ‘I kind of feel that I shouldn't date at all because it's not fair to the other guys because my feelings are otherwise engaged.’
    • ‘Unpleasant regulatory surprises have a way of sneaking in the back door when the voting public is otherwise engaged.’
    • ‘I'm sure he must be able to find a day job to keep him otherwise engaged - he can't need the ten quid that much.’
    • ‘To pretend otherwise is an exit strategy from reality.’
    • ‘To pretend it was otherwise would be less than candid.’
    • ‘I would never make it in an opinion columnist's job, as I'm starting to type whilst still undecided and I'm not going to pretend otherwise.’
    • ‘The recoveries in Asia, as we all really know - though we pretend otherwise - are very, very tenuous.’
    • ‘But the leap is made every second, and we cannot pretend otherwise.’
    • ‘She said that she wanted to try it with me, meaning to try a committed relationship, and that she didn't want to pretend otherwise or to play any games.’
    differently, in any other way
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    1. 3.1As an alternative.
      ‘pre-Renaissance mathematician Leonardo Pisano, otherwise known as Fibonacci’
      • ‘These power stations are naturally being promoted as green alternatives, otherwise known as biomass.’
      • ‘Possibly what the radio of the future will be like: downloadable programmes that can be listened to at your leisure, otherwise known as podcasting.’
      • ‘Shrove Tuesday otherwise known as Pancake Day prompted Saturday Breakfast to focus our regular How To? segment on making the perfect pancake.’
      • ‘Fascinated by what they had seen, the pair researched the sighting and believe it was the humming bird hawk-moth, otherwise known as Marcogloass stellatarum.’
      • ‘The often premature fish death is met with a mixture of concern, wonder and further investigation, otherwise known as a valuable learning experience that will now be denied.’
      • ‘Lurking in television studios, these arbiters of public taste, otherwise known as commissioning editors, are renewing their crusade to turn our brains to mush.’
      • ‘It means ‘artificial nutrition and hydration’ - otherwise known as feeding through a tube, or hydrating through a drip in the arm.’
      • ‘In their own version of pillow-fighting on a greasy pole, otherwise known as battle of the egos, they have been slugging it out.’
      • ‘A small but growing number of businesses are hiring people to write blogs, otherwise known as Web logs, or frequently updated online journals.’
      • ‘The imminent arrival of January's annual pain in the wallet, otherwise known as the electricity bill, is an example of the mundane logistics of life that are preoccupying me.’
      • ‘The Effective Tax Rate, otherwise known as What People Actually Pay, wasn't really much different from what it is now.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, recurring musical patterns - otherwise known as loops - start to get annoying after a while, especially if they go on and on and on.’
      • ‘He'd bought an old double-ended fishboat called the Zowie, and they were going beachcombing, otherwise known as log salvaging.’
      • ‘But, for Brown, the key area of company growth now lies in disaster recovery facilities - otherwise known as business continuity.’
      • ‘It was - and is - a compelling testament to the power of citizenship, otherwise known as strength in numbers.’
      • ‘One of the important issues discussed in Grenada had to do with the Caribbean Single Market and Economy, otherwise known as the CSME.’
      • ‘In that world where hope springs eternal, otherwise known as the pub, today should have been the most triumphant day in the nation's glorious sporting history.’
      • ‘Vending machines, otherwise known as ‘automatic retailing’ machines, have a long history.’
      • ‘The first thing to do is to measure the distance between your ischial bones, otherwise known as your sit bones, which make up part of the pelvic girdle.’
      • ‘After many experiments he finally married it successfully with the inert claylite, otherwise known as diatomaceous or infusorial earth.’
      on the other hand, as an alternative, or, as another option, as a substitute, as a replacement
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adjective

predicative
  • In a different state or situation.

    • ‘if it were otherwise, we would be unable to acquire knowledge’

Phrases

    or otherwise
    • Indicating the opposite of or a contrast to something stated.

      ‘we don't want a president, elected or otherwise’
      • ‘Possession or otherwise of an ID card would make not the slightest difference.’
      • ‘I haven't seen either show yet, so I will not comment on their respective merits or otherwise.’
      • ‘I am yet to meet a man, in a partnership or otherwise, who doesn't exert total domination of this device.’
      • ‘We can't, here and now, establish the truth or otherwise of the Oedipus complex.’
      • ‘I don't think the surprise or otherwise of the ending is particularly relevant, in that sense.’
      • ‘Heck, it's not that easy to reduce this show to a string of phrases, pithy or otherwise.’
      • ‘He added that no other copies of the book, perfect or otherwise, were known to exist anywhere else in the world.’
      • ‘At least for those who do sell - willingly or otherwise - there will be no dealing costs.’
      • ‘But increasingly it seems that there is no plan of any kind, cunning or otherwise.’
      • ‘Success or otherwise will be down to their accumulated wisdom and experience and we have to help them find that.’

Origin

Old English on ōthre wisan(see other, wise).