Fait-accompli



[fe ta-kawn-plee] /fɛ ta kɔ̃ˈpli/

noun, plural faits accomplis
[fe za-kawn-plee] /fɛ za kɔ̃ˈpli/ (Show IPA). French.
1.
an accomplished fact; a thing already done:
The enemy’s defeat was a fait accompli long before the formal surrender.
/fɛt akɔ̃pli/
noun (pl) faits accomplis (fɛz akɔ̃pli)
1.
something already done and beyond alteration
n.

French, literally “an accomplished fact” (see feat).
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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