Definition of fait accompli in English:

fait accompli

Line breaks: fait ac¦com|pli
Pronunciation: /ˌfeɪt əˈkɒmpli
, fɛt akɔ̃pli/


[in singular]
  • A thing that has already happened or been decided before those affected hear about it, leaving them with no option but to accept it: the results were presented to shareholders as a fait accompli
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    • Many protestors have claimed the closure was already a fait accompli, and yesterday the consultation exercise was branded a sham by some of those opposed to the closure.
    • We feel the proposal has been presented as a fait accompli with no other options provided.
    • It looked like the watergas option was a fait accompli with the Stratford Town Board, until a forward-thinking man stepped into the fray.


mid 19th century: from French, literally 'accomplished fact'.

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