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  • adv. Used other than as an idiom: see after,‎ all.
  • adv. Anyway, in any case; indicates a statement is true regardless of other considerations; used to reinforce or explain a point.
  • adv. In the end, however; used in referring to something that was believed to be the case, but is not; or to an outcome that is not what was expected or predicted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prep. when everything has been considered; upon the whole.
  • n. after considering everything to the contrary; nevertheless.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. emphasizes something to be considered
  • adv. in spite of expectations


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