fait accompli [fe t a-kaw n- plee] Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com noun, plural faits ac·com·plis . [fe z a-kaw n- plee] /fɛ za kɔ̃ˈpli/ . French an accomplished fact; a thing already done: The enemy's defeat was a fait accompli long before the formal surrender. Origin of fait accompli
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British Dictionary definitions for fait accompli noun plural faits accomplis ( fɛz akɔ̃pli) something already done and beyond alteration Word Origin
literally: accomplished fact
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Word Origin and History for fait accompli n.
French, literally "an accomplished fact" (see
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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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