Pronunciation: (u&thslash;'ur-wīz"),[key] —adv. 1. under other circumstances: Otherwise they may get broken. 2. in another manner; differently: Under the circumstances, I can't believe otherwise. 3. in other respects: an otherwise happy life.
—conj. or else; if not: Button up your overcoat, otherwise you'll catch cold.
—adj. 1. other or different; of another nature or kind: We hoped his behavior would be otherwise. 2. in other or different circumstances: An otherwise pleasure had become a grinding chore.