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From Middle English otherwise, othre wise, from Old English on ōþre wīsan (literally in (on) other/different manner); equivalent to other +‎ -wise. Compare West Frisian yn oarwei (otherwise), Icelandic öðruvísi (otherwise; else).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈʌ.ðəˌwaɪz/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈʌ.ðɚˌwaɪz/


otherwise (not comparable)

  1. (manner) Differently, in another way.
    • 1927-29, M.K. Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments with Truth, translated 1940 by Mahadev Desai, Part I, Chapter iii:
      Much as I wish that I had not to write this chapter, I know that I shall have to swallow many such bitter draughts in the course of this narrative. And I cannot do otherwise, if I claim to be a worshipper of Truth. []
    • 2011, Phil McNulty, Euro 2012: Montenegro 2-2 England
      Fabio Capello insisted Rooney was in the right frame of mind to play in stormy Podgorica despite his father's arrest on Thursday in a probe into alleged betting irregularities, but his flash of temper - when he kicked out at Miodrag Dzudovic - suggested otherwise.
  2. (conjunctive) In different circumstances; or else.
  3. (conjunctive) In all other respects.
    • 2013, Phil McNulty, BBC Sport, 1 September:
      Robin van Persie squandered United's best chance late on but otherwise it was a relatively comfortable afternoon for Liverpool's new goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who has yet to concede a Premier League goal since his £9m summer move from Sunderland.

Usage notes

  • "Otherwise" is often used to refer to the negative of something. The something may be a noun phrase, a verb phrase, an adjective phrase, an adverb phrase, a clause, or even something larger.


  • (differently): elsewise, contrarily, contrastingly
  • (in different circumstances): if not, else (see or else)
  • (in all other respects): apart from that


  • likewise



otherwise (not comparable)

  1. Other than supposed; different.
    He said he didn’t do it, but the evidence was otherwise.


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