after all


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

Examples of after all in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of after all was in 1590

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“After all.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

after all

: in spite of what was indicated or expected
decided to go after all
it rained after all

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