I. pronoun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English (on) ōthre wīsan in another manner Date: before 12th century something or anything else ; something to the contrary <
do very little to enforce competition—and have never intended otherwise — Milton Viorst
II. adverb Date: 13th century 1. in a different way or manner <
glossed over or otherwise handled — Playboy
2. in different circumstances <
might otherwise have left
3. in other respects <
an otherwise flimsy farce — Current Biography
4. if not <
do what I tell you, otherwise you'll be sorry
5. not — paired with an adjective, adverb, noun, or verb to indicate its contrary or to suggest an indefinite alternative <
people whose deeds, admirable or otherwise — John Fischer
almost thirty thousand women, Irish and otherwise — J. M. Burns
his opinion as to the success or otherwise of it — Austral. Dict. of Biography
III. adjective Date: 14th century different <
if conditions were otherwise

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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