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English definition of “otherwise”

otherwise

adjective [after verb]     /ˈʌð.ə.waɪz/ US  /-ɚ-/ formal
used to show that something is completely different from what you think it is or from what was previously stated: He might have told you he was a qualified electrician, but the truth is quite otherwise.Different and difference Grammar:Or and otherwiseWe often use or and otherwise with conditional meanings:See more
(Definition of otherwise adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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