after all


Definition of after all

1 : in spite of considerations or expectations to the contrary : nevertheless decided to take the train after all didn't rain after all
2 : in view of all circumstances literature which is after all only a special department of reading— W. W. Watt

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Few places are as romantic as France, after all, Paris is one of the most romantic destinations for proposals in the world. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Black Travel Vibes: This Couple's French Riviera Baecation Is Proof That France Is For Lovers," 12 July 2019 Biden’s moment of dissent was in essence a suggestion that older times and attitudes were perhaps not so bad after all. Tyler Cowen, Twin Cities, "Tyler Cowen: Marianne Williamson is just what the Democratic Party needs," 5 July 2019 In the end, after all else is stripped away, there is only love. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Anderson Cooper Posts Moving Tribute to His Late Mother Gloria Vanderbilt on Instagram," 18 June 2019 As the upcoming seasons progress, after all the platitudes and plaudits fade from their personal milestones, one thing will matter to Izzo and Dantonio. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State's Mark Dantonio, Tom Izzo milestones could launch big sports year," 9 June 2019 This is, after all, a seven-time champion and three-time runner-up, including last year, on the grass at Wimbledon, where play begins Monday. Howard Fendrich,, "Serena Williams says she’s ready despite lack of training and match play," 30 June 2019 Then, as now, this was no mean feat; after all, previous bishops of Rome had rarely been as infallible as later dogma insisted. The Economist, "The most scandalous popes in history," 29 June 2019 These issues are difficult and contentious, after all. Monica Hesse, Twin Cities, "Monica Hesse: Three women take the stage in Democratic debate — and it was a game-changer," 27 June 2019 These issues are difficult and contentious, after all. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, "Three women — three! — were on the debate stage, and it was game-changing," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of after all

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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