I have read this sentences and wonder what and why there is an "otherwise" in this sentence. And what is actual meaning of this, do I have responsible in this case?

You shall not otherwise be responsible for the damage of the good.

I am not native English speaker.

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    – Hank
    Dec 24, 2016 at 3:21
  • Have a look at this, adverb definition #2.
    – Lawrence
    Dec 24, 2016 at 3:34

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The word otherwise here means except for some situation. So, the sentence means:

You are not responsible for the damage of the good, except for some situation [which must have just been mentioned in a previous sentence].

For example, I could say:

If you intentionally broke the glass, then you are responsible. But, you are not otherwise responsible for the damage to the glass.

So, you would be responsible for the damage to the glass if you broke it intentionally. In all other situations, you would not be responsible.

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