What does Otherwise mean?

Definitions for Otherwise
ˈʌð ərˌwaɪzoth·er·wise

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. otherwiseadverb

    other than as supposed or expected

    "the outcome was otherwise"

  2. otherwiseadverb

    in other respects or ways

    "he is otherwise normal"; "the funds are not otherwise available"; "an otherwise hopeless situation"

  3. differently, otherwise, other thanadverb

    in another and different manner

    "very soon you will know differently"; "she thought otherwise"; "there is no way out other than the fire escape";


  1. otherwiseadverb

    Differently, in another way.

    You may be right, but I think otherwise.

  2. otherwiseadverb

    In different circumstances; or else.

  3. otherwiseadverb

    In all other respects.

    He prayed to Neptune every day. Otherwise he behaved rationally.

  4. otherwiseadjective

    Other than supposed, different.

    He said he didn't do it, but the evidence was otherwise.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Otherwiseadverb

    Etymology: other and wise.

    They only plead, that whatsoever God revealeth, as necessary for all Christian men to do and believe, the same we ought to embrace, whether we have received it by writing or otherwise, which no man denieth. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    The whole church hath not tied the parts unto one and the same thing, they being therein left each to their own choice, may either do as others do, or else otherwise, without any breach of duty at all. Richard Hooker, b. iv. s. 13.

    In these good things, what all others should practise, we should scarce know to practise otherwise. Thomas Sprat.

    Thy father was a worthy prince,
    And merited, alas! a better fate;
    But heaven thought otherwise. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Sir John Norris failed in the attempts of Lisborn, and returned with the loss, by sickness and otherwise, of eight thousand men. Walter Raleigh.

    It is said truly, that the best men otherwise, are not always the best in regard of society. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    Men seldom consider God any otherwise than in relation to themselves, and therefore want some extraordinary benefits to excite their attention and engage their love. John Rogers.


  1. otherwise

    Otherwise is an adverb or conjunction that means "in circumstances different from those mentioned," "if not," or "or else." It is used to express an alternative or opposite condition or possibility.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Otherwise' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1233

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Otherwise' in Written Corpus Frequency: #909

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Otherwise' in Adverbs Frequency: #115

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Otherwise in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Otherwise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Otherwise in a Sentence

  1. Finance Minister Michel Sapin:

    First and foremost we must be firm, doing otherwise would be wrong with respect to (other) labour unions, most of whom support the text.

  2. Steven McCraw:

    I reviewed his actions, and there's nothing he could've done otherwise than what he did.


    You are Innocent, you can't be otherwise, there is no other way, even in your lust, greed, hatred, cunningness, you're INNOCENT, because you wanted to overpower others, nature with your stupidity. Stop this absurd ACT, Be Aware, Trust Existence!

  4. Johann von Goethe:

    We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves otherwise we harden.

  5. Matthew Burbank:

    It has attracted some attention from young voters, the number of people who otherwise might not have bothered to go to the caucus are saying they can do this online.

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  • عكس ذلكArabic
  • altramentCatalan, Valencian
  • jinakCzech
  • andernfalls, ansonsten, anders, sonstGerman
  • αλλιώςGreek
  • alimaniere, aliokaze, alikazeEsperanto
  • si no, de otra manera, aparte de esto, por otra parte, fuera de eso, por lo demás, de lo contrarioSpanish
  • در غیر این صورتPersian
  • toisin, muuten, muutoinFinnish
  • sinon, autrement, pour le resteFrench
  • a chaochladhScottish Gaelic
  • नहीं तोHindi
  • alterementeInterlingua
  • differentemente, per altri aspetti, in altre circostanze, a parte ciòItalian
  • 他の点では, その他, さもなくばJapanese
  • ئه‌گیناKurdish
  • anderszins, andersDutch
  • poza tym, inaczejPolish
  • em contrário, [[de]] [[outro]] [[jeito]]/[[modo]], senão, [[fora]] [[isso]], contrário, diferentemente, no mais, diferente, [[de]] [[outra]] [[forma]]/[[maneira]]Portuguese
  • в противном случае, в прочем, в других отношениях, иначеRussian
  • suprotnoSerbo-Croatian
  • annorlunda, annars, i annat fall, i övrigtSwedish
  • aksi takdirdeTurkish

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