fait accompli

noun
fait ac·​com·​pli | \ ˈfā-tə-ˌkäm-ˈplē How to pronounce fait accompli (audio) , ˈfe-, ˈfe-ˌta- How to pronounce fait accompli (audio) , -ˌkōⁿ(m)-, British usually -ˈkäm-(ˌ)plē \
plural faits accomplis\ ˈfā-​tə-​ˌkäm-​ˈplē(z) How to pronounce fait accompli (audio) , ˈfe-​ , ˈfe-​ˌta-​ , -​ˌkōⁿ(m)-​ , British usually  -​ˈkäm-​(ˌ)plē(z) \

Definition of fait accompli

: 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

By the time we learned about the decision, it was already a fait accompli.
Recent Examples on the Web Entry into the continental bloc is hardly a fait accompli. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 18 June 2022 The publication also reported that some regional athletic organizations were concerned that UK Athletics seemed to be treating the equalizing of race distances as a fait accompli. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, 27 Jan. 2021 Behind the scenes, the administration is telling educational institutions that the rules are a fait accompli, demanding enforcement that curtails freedom of speech, due process and women’s rights. Jennifer C. Braceras And Inez Feltscher Stepman, WSJ, 1 June 2022 While Truman’s use of the atomic bomb inevitably comes up in any discussion of his legacy, Frank joins other historians in characterizing the bombings as a fait accompli no matter who was in office. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2022 The relocation of the statue, requested by the Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus, was expected to be a fait accompli: An agreement was already in place to relocate the statue to the New-York Historical Society. New York Times, 18 Oct. 2021 Trump’s supporters, though, see it as a fait accompli. Chris Morris, Fortune, 14 Apr. 2022 By the early 1950s, the demise of the French luxury marques like Bugatti, Delage, and Delahaye was a fait accompli. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 28 Feb. 2022 But the Bengals’ first down that seemed a fait accompli when Boyd gained 9 yards never became a reality. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fait accompli

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fait accompli

French, accomplished fact

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25 Jun 2022

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“Fait accompli.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fait%20accompli. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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