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English definition of “otherwise”

otherwise

adverb (DIFFERENTLY)    /ˈʌð.ə.waɪz/ US  /-ɚ-/
differently, or in another way: The police believe he is the thief, but all the evidence suggests otherwise (= that he is not). Under the Bill of Rights, a person is presumed innocent until proved otherwise (= guilty). Protestors were executed, jailed or otherwise persecuted. Marion Morrison, otherwise known as the film star John Wayne, was born in 1907.formal I can't meet you on Tuesday - I'm otherwise engaged/occupied (= doing something else).Different and difference Grammar:Or and otherwiseWe often use or and otherwise with conditional meanings:See more
(Definition of otherwise adverb (DIFFERENTLY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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