WordReference Collins English Usage © 2019
after all
You use after all when you are mentioning an additional point that supports or helps explain what you have just said.
It had to be recognized, after all, that I was still a schoolboy.
I thought he might know where Sue is. After all, she is his wife.
You also use after all to say that something is true or may be true in spite of what had previously been thought.
Perhaps it isn't such a bad village after all.
I realised he was telling the truth after all.
Be careful
Don't use ‘after all’ when you want to introduce a final point, question, or topic. Instead you use finally or lastly.
Finally I want to thank you all for coming.
Lastly I would like to ask about your future plans.
'after all' also found in these entries:
all - but - last
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