1. In a different manner; in another way, or in other ways; differently; contrarily.
Thy father was a worthy prince,
And merited, alas! a better fate;
But Heaven thought otherwise. --Addison.
2. In other respects.
It is said, truly, that the best men otherwise are not always the best in regard of society. --Hooker.
3. In different circumstances; under other conditions; as, I am engaged, otherwise I would accept.
Note: ☞ Otherwise, like so and thus, may be used as a substitute for the opposite of a previous adjective, noun, etc.
Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me. --2 Cor. xi. 16.
Her eyebrows . . . rather full than otherwise. --Fielding.
adj : other than as supposed or expected; "the outcome was
adv 1: in other respects or ways; "he is otherwise normal"; "the
funds are not otherwise available"; "an otherwise
2: in another and different manner; "very soon you will know
differently"; "she thought otherwise" [syn: differently]