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adverb otherwise pronunciation in British English /ˈʌðə(r)ˌwaɪz/

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Otherwise can be used in the following ways:
as a way of showing how a sentence or clause is related to what has already been said: We must hurry; otherwise we’ll miss the train.
as an ordinary adverb: You’re in love with Robert. It does no good to pretend otherwise.
 
  1. 1
    if not
    1. a.
      used for saying that if one thing does not happen or is not true, something else will happen, usually something bad
      I hope the weather improves. Otherwise, we’ll have to cancel the picnic.
      The programme has saved thousands of children who would otherwise have died.
    2. b.
      used when you are trying to show that something must be true, by saying that the situation would be different if it was not true
      Of course they’re interested. Otherwise they wouldn’t be asking about prices.
      He must be fairly intelligent, otherwise he wouldn’t have got into university.
  2. 2
    differently
    1. a.
      in a different or opposite way from what has been mentioned
      Sarah believed Tony was innocent. Indeed she had never thought otherwise.
      I plan to wait here unless someone tells me otherwise.
    2. b.
      formal in any other ways
      Governments must not ban or otherwise prevent the sale of legally imported goods.
      Library books should not be marked, defaced, or otherwise damaged.
  3. 3
    used for saying that something is true except for the fact that you have just mentioned
    The driver suffered shock but was otherwise unhurt.
    We have a slight problem with the temperature control, but otherwise everything’s fine.

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