- 1In circumstances different from those present or considered; or else: the collection brings visitors who might not come to the college otherwise [as conjunctive adverb]: I’m not motivated by money, otherwise I would have quitMore example sentences
- I might have gone to college or university otherwise, and my life path would have been different.
- Work-study enables many students to attend college who otherwise couldn't.
- Although his record otherwise would make him attractive, getting another college job might be a challenge in the current climate.
- 2In other respects; apart from that: an otherwise totally black cat with a single white whiskerMore example sentences
in other respects, apart from that
- Our lanky cat, who is two years old and in all respects healthy otherwise, is very skinny.
- But what it is doing is totally alienating otherwise law-abiding citizens and turning them into criminals.
- He seemed totally normal otherwise and expected me to be as well.
- 3In a different way: he means mischief—it’s no good pretending otherwise pretending that they are otherwise engagedMore example sentences
- The mental health specialists at the university health service were apparently otherwise engaged.
- Nothing gets to me more than being made to wait for attention from someone who is being paid to attend to me but is otherwise engaged in a trivial personal conversation or task.
- It would be difficult to swallow that all those officials in any one club would be otherwise engaged on the same evening.
- 3.1As an alternative: pre-Renaissance mathematician Leonardo Pisano, otherwise known as FibonacciMore example sentences
- These power stations are naturally being promoted as green alternatives, otherwise known as biomass.
- Possibly what the radio of the future will be like: downloadable programmes that can be listened to at your leisure, otherwise known as podcasting.
- Shrove Tuesday otherwise known as Pancake Day prompted Saturday Breakfast to focus our regular How To? segment on making the perfect pancake.
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or (or and) otherwise
- Indicating the opposite of or a contrast to something stated: we don’t want a president, elected or otherwiseMore example sentences
- Possession or otherwise of an ID card would make not the slightest difference.
- I haven't seen either show yet, so I will not comment on their respective merits or otherwise.
- I am yet to meet a man, in a partnership or otherwise, who doesn't exert total domination of this device.