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fait accompli

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noun fait ac·com·pli \ˈfā-tə-ˌkäm-ˈplē, ˈfe-, ˈfe-ˌta-, -ˌkōⁿ(m)-, British usually -ˈkäm-(ˌ)plē\

Simple Definition of fait accompli

  • : something that has been done and cannot be changed

Full Definition of fait accompli

plural faits accomplis play \same, or -ˈplēz\

  1. :  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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