[af-ter-werd, ahf-]
at a later or subsequent time; subsequently.
Also, afterwards.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English æfterweard, alteration (with -r- of æfter after) of æfteweard, equivalent to æfte-, æftan aft + -weard -ward

afterward, afterword. Unabridged
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afterwards or afterward (ˈɑːftəwədz)
after an earlier event or time; subsequently
[Old English æfterweard, æfteweard, from aft + ward]
afterward or afterward
[Old English æfterweard, æfteweard, from aft + ward]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. æftanweard, from æftan "after" + -weard suffix indicating direction (see -ward); nautical use as aftward, then expanded by infl. of after; variant afterwards (c.1300) shows adverbial genitive.

c.1300, afterward (q.v.) + adv. gen. -s; originally a Northern form.
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Example sentences
It usually goes away eventually, but a few patients have diarrhea flare-ups for
  years afterwards.
The problem is that the bridge is often unusable afterwards.
Possessed individuals do the bidding of the spirits during a grueling,
  exhausting ordeal that they do not remember afterwards.
None of the relatives reported pain during the five-minute donation procedure,
  and none experienced any complications afterwards.
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