Is there any other word or phrase that could be used instead of "after all" in a case where it comes at the end of a sentence?

For example:

Running away was in his nature, after all.

(If you can think of a better example sentence, please let me know.)

4 Answers 4


You could use at the end of the day, or ultimately.


Instead of "after all", you can say "above all", "beyond everything", "most important", "most importantly", "ultimately", "when push comes to shove".


Maybe "admittedly"?

Admittedly running away was in his nature.

  • As 'admittedly' is used, this would imply that the writer was somehow 'admitting' or conceding his nature; I don't think they mean this.
    – Joe453
    Mar 5, 2011 at 14:58

You could say, though less formally, "well, running away was [italicisation quite important, but not absolutely necessary here] in his nature."

Or, in the first person: "I suppose running away was in his nature."

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