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otherwise

adverb [not gradable]  /ˈʌð·ərˌwɑɪz/ us  
differently, or in another way: Samuel Clemens, otherwise known as Mark Twain Parts of the company will be sold or otherwise dismantled. Otherwise also means except for what was just referred to: I like working outside when it’s warm, but otherwise I stay indoors.

otherwise

conjunction  /ˈʌð·ərˌwɑɪz/ us  
if not; or else: Tell me if you want it, otherwise I’ll give it to Freya.
(Definition of otherwise from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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