otherwise

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otherwise is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
otherwise

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Positive
otherwise

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. (sentence adverb) You use otherwise to connect two clauses where the second clause shows the bad thing that would happen if the first clause doesn't happen.
    You need the proper license. Otherwise you can't do business.
  2. (sentence adverb) You use otherwise to connect two clauses where the second clause shows what would have happened if the first clause hadn't happened.
    I missed the bus. Otherwise, I would have been here earlier.
  3. If you think or say otherwise, you don't agree.
    She says we should put him in piano lessons, but I think otherwise.
  4. apart from something else
    She has some cuts, but is otherwise fine.
    He just had to wash the dishes. Otherwise, everything was done.

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