otherwiseconjunction used after an order or suggestion to show what the result will be if you do not follow that order or suggestion I'd better write it down, otherwise I'll forget it.
Phone home, otherwise your parents will start to worry.
otherwiseadverb ( DIFFERENTLY ) differently, or in another way The police believe he is the thief, but all the evidence suggests otherwise (= that he is not).
Under the Bill of Rights, a person is presumed innocent until proved otherwise (= guilty).
Protestors were executed, jailed or otherwise persecuted.
Marion Morrison, otherwise known as the film star John Wayne, was born in 1907.
formal I can't meet you on Tuesday - I'm otherwise engaged/occupied (= doing something else).
otherwiseadverb ( NOT INCLUDING ) except for what has just been referred to The bike needs a new saddle, but otherwise it's in good condition.
The poor sound quality ruined an otherwise splendid film.
otherwiseadjective 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.
or otherwise used to refer to the opposite of the word which comes before it Hand in your exam papers, finished or otherwise (= or not finished).