Otherwise Oth"er*wise`, adv. [Other + wise manner.] [1913 Webster] 1. In a different manner; in another way, or in other ways; differently; contrarily. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Thy father was a worthy prince, And merited, alas! a better fate; But Heaven thought otherwise. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. In other respects. [1913 Webster]

It is said, truly, that the best men otherwise are not always the best in regard of society. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

3. In different circumstances; under other conditions; as, I am engaged, otherwise I would accept. [1913 Webster]

Note: Otherwise, like so and thus, may be used as a substitute for the opposite of a previous adjective, noun, etc. [1913 Webster]

Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me. --2 Cor. xi. 16. [1913 Webster]

Her eyebrows . . . rather full than otherwise. --Fielding. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.