Definition of otherwise
What does the word otherwise mean?
part of speech: noun
&o., or o., ungrammatical substitutes for& or or followed by the negation or opposite of a noun or adj. or by other (the merits or o. of the Bill, i.e. or demerits usu. omissible; additions automatic &o., i.e. & other).
part of speech: adverb
In a different way (could not have acted o.; Judas, o. called, or o., Iscariot; sometimes preceded by any, no, with reminiscence of its etym., as could do it no o., does not influence him any o. than by example); if circumstances are or were different, else, or, (seize the chance, o. you will regret it); in other respects (he is unruly, but not o. blameworthy; also qualifying the adj. sense in n., as his o. dullness); in different state (how can it be o. than fatal?; should not wish it o.); o.-minded, having different, or jarring, inclinations or views, averse to current opinions. [old English]