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1540s, from else + -wise.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • But elsewise, generally speaking, it appeared to give satisfaction.

    Sundry Accounts

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • Happy art thou to have come to me with this thing, elsewise a great mischief might have befallen thee.

  • Then I thanked God that he was dead, knowing how impossible it would have been elsewise for me to stay my hand.

    The Way of a Man

    Emerson Hough
  • Oh, how I love ye two, that yet can make me lively hate, in a world which elsewise only merits stagnant scorn!

    Pierre; or The Ambiguities Herman Melville
  • Yet in a day or two I grew used to all this, and I have naught but good to say of Caerleon elsewise.

    A King's Comrade Charles Whistler

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