1. in a different way; as an alternative
Otherwise is an adjective or an adverb adjective it means in a different state or situation. "I wish it otherwise, but the law dictates that you have to pay a fine."This is similar to saying "I wish things were different." As an adverb 'otherwise' means circumstances different from those in reality. "People who might not otherwise be able to afford to study will now have the opportunity." It also means 'apart from', "He otherwise looked like the rest of his family apart from his curly red hair." "An otherwise quiet street but for the noise coming from one house." 'Otherwise' is a word used often in English in making decisions for example "We can go to the Italian restaurant if you like, otherwise I think the Japanese restaurant is good."