According to the Cambridge Dictionary, after all means:
- despite earlier problems or doubts:
The rain has stopped, so the game will go ahead after all.
What's the problem here, raining? Am I correct to think that "after all" means 'ultimately" here because the rain has stopped?
- used to add information that shows that what you have just said is true:
I do like her - after all, she is my sister.
Does 'after all' mean 'because' here? Why do we need to use 'after all' here in this sentence?
According to the Macmillan Dictionary, after all also means:
used for saying that something is true despite what was said or planned before
Maybe she was right after all.
I'm sorry, but we’ve decided not to come after all.
used when giving a reason to explain what you have just said
She shouldn’t be working so hard – she is 70, after all.
I’m not really ambitious. After all, money isn’t everything.
I don't understand what 'after all' exactly means in both of these usages in the sentences above. Does it mean 'ultimately' or what ?
Could you please illuminate my confusion about what 'after all' actually means?
Note: I have also read How to Grammatically Discern "after all", Phrase? but It wasn't helpful for me for this question