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The sentence is: This weaknesses negated his otherwise progressive attitude towards the staff.

I feel hard to understand the meaning of "otherwise progressive attitude". How to transfer this sentence into a simple one?

  • Weakness, you mean. – V.V. Apr 3 '16 at 9:58
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Otherwise is an adverb meaning In other respects; apart from that (Oxforddictionaries.com)

an otherwise totally black cat with a single white whisker

Your sentence means

His attitude towards the staff was positive in the whole, except for this weakness.

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