fait accompli

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

Definition of fait accompli

plural faits accomplis play \ˈfā-tə-ˌkäm-ˈplē(z), ˈfe-, ˈfe-ˌta-, -ˌkōⁿ(m)-, British usually -ˈkäm-(ˌ)plē(z)\
:a thing accomplished and presumably irreversible
  • he charged that the members were presented with a fait accompli instead of being called to a meeting to discuss the policy change
  • —Daniel Thomases

Examples of fait accompli in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of fait accompli

French, accomplished fact


FAIT ACCOMPLI Defined for English Language Learners

fait accompli

noun

Definition of fait accompli for English Language Learners

  • : something that has been done and cannot be changed


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