after all

adverb

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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But that's a minor point compared to their placement, which is far enough outside of where your brain expects to look to get that information that even after all day in the e-tron none of us were comfortable with the idea. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We’ve driven Audi’s first proper electric car, the 2019 e-tron SUV," 7 Dec. 2018 Some think that Kylie may even be looking at Jordyn in a whole new light after all this alleged news went public... Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "These Crazy Tristan Thompson/Jordyn Woods Cheating Scandal Memes Are Exploding on Twitter," 22 Feb. 2019 Wallis says, which explains the lushness after all the ice and snow. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "We Should All Just Move to New Zealand," 17 Jan. 2019 Looking for a palate cleanser after all those wholesome Christmas movies saturating every TV channel? Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," 18 Dec. 2018 Luann’s happy to have something lighthearted in her life after all the drama of the past year. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Luann de Lesseps Is Dating Her Agent: 'Their Chemistry Was Instant,' Source Says," 11 July 2018 Or perhaps spin it back out and list it in an IPO after all? Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "SoftBank is betting the Vision Fund on WeWork," 10 Oct. 2018 This makes sense—after all, the car is named after the Stelvio Pass. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "1,160 miles in 11 days: A grand tour with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio," 15 Aug. 2018 Many of the divers and residents of the nearby northern Thai town of Mae Sai saw the last-minute flood as a sign that divine protection had ceased only after all were safe. Hannah Beech, Richard C. Paddock And Muktita Suhartono, New York Times, "‘Still Can’t Believe It Worked’: The Story of the Thailand Cave Rescue," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of after all

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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