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otherwise

  

      sentence connector  
1    or else; if not, then  
go home — otherwise your mother will worry     
      adv  
2    differently  
I wouldn't have thought otherwise     
3    in other respects  
an otherwise hopeless situation     
      adj  
4    predicative   of an unexpected nature; different  
the facts are otherwise     
      pron  
5    something different in outcome  
success or otherwise     
     (C14: from Old English on othre wisan in other manner)  
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  
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otherwise

  

      adv  
1    if not, or else, or then  
2    any other way, contrarily, differently  

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