after all

adverb
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

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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First Known Use of after all

1590



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