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\

Definition of fait accompli

plural

faits accomplis

play \ˈfā-tə-ˌkäm-ˈplē(z), ˈfe-, ˈfe-ˌta-, -ˌkōⁿ(m)-, British usually -ˈkäm-(ˌ)plē(z)\
  1. :  a thing accomplished and presumably irreversible <he charged that the members were presented with a fait accompli insead 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


First Known Use: 1845


FAIT ACCOMPLI Defined for English Language Learners

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\

Definition of fait accompli for English Language Learners

  • : something that has been done and cannot be changed

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