fait accompli


fait ac·com·pli

noun \ˈfā-tə-ˌkäm-ˈplē, ˈfe-, ˈfe-ˌta-, -ˌkōⁿ(m)-, British usually -ˈkäm-(ˌ)plē\

: something that has been done and cannot be changed

plural faits accomplis \same, or -ˈplēz\

Full Definition of FAIT ACCOMPLI

:  a thing accomplished and presumably irreversible

Examples of FAIT ACCOMPLI

  1. By the time we learned about the decision, it was already a fait accompli.

Origin of FAIT ACCOMPLI

French, accomplished fact
First Known Use: 1845

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