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English definition of “otherwise”


conjunction     /ˈʌð.ə.waɪz/ US  /-ɚ-/
B1 used after an order or suggestion to show what the result will be if you do not follow that order or suggestion : I'd better write it down, otherwise I'll forget it. Phone home , otherwise your parents will start to worry .Either, or, neither, nor Grammar:Or and otherwiseWe often use or and otherwise with conditional meanings:
(Definition of otherwise conjunction from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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