fait accompli

fait accompli

[fe ta-kawn-plee]
plural faits accomplis [fe za-kawn-plee] . French.
an accomplished fact; a thing already done: The enemy's defeat was a fait accompli long before the formal surrender.


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fait accompli (fɛt akɔ̃pli)
n , pl faits accomplis
something already done and beyond alteration
[literally: accomplished fact]

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fait accompli
1845, from Fr., lit. "an accomplished fact" (see feat).
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fait accompli [(fayt uh-kom-plee, fet ah-kohm-plee)]

Something that has already been done: “The company president did not discuss the new hiring policy with her board of directors; instead she put it into effect and presented the board with a fait accompli.” From French, meaning “an accomplished fact.”

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