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fait ac·com·pli

(fĕt′ ä-kŏm-plē′, fāt′)
n. pl. faits ac·com·plis (fĕt′ä-kŏm-plē′, -plēz′, fāt′)
An accomplished, presumably irreversible deed or fact.

[French : fait, fact + accompli, accomplished.]
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fait accompli

(fɛt akɔ̃pli)
n, pl faits accomplis (fɛz akɔ̃pli)
something already done and beyond alteration
[literally: accomplished fact]
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fait ac•com•pli

(fɛ ta kɔ̃ˈpli)

n., pl. faits ac•com•plis (fɛ za kɔ̃ˈpli)
French.
an accomplished fact; a thing already done.
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fait accompli

A French phrase meaning an accomplished fact, used to mean something that has already been done and cannot be altered.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fait accompli - an irreversible accomplishmentfait accompli - an irreversible accomplishment  
accomplishment, achievement - the action of accomplishing something
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Translations

fait accompli

[ˌfeɪtəˈkɒmplɪ] Nhecho m consumado
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

fait accompli

[ˌfeɪtəˈkɒmpli] nfait m accompli
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

fait accompli

nvollendete Tatsache, Fait accompli nt (geh); to present somebody with a fait accomplijdn vor vollendete Tatsachen stellen
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

fait accompli

[ˌfɛtəkɒmˈpliː] nfatto compiuto
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
Europe adjusts itself to a fait accompli, and so does an individual character--until the placid adjustment is disturbed by a convulsive retribution.
"Nothing is a fait accomplis," said a source close to the mayor.
Walsall Council leader Mike Bird said some developers were attempting to present plans as a "fait accomplis" long before they had even been considered by planners.
Will it be a hundred, a thousand, ten thousand etc or will he simply present us with a "fait accomplis" in due course?
There were even some muchmissed triangles of midfield passing, Mesa growing in confidence and influence as his appearances stack up, and suggestions that - with City being wasteful even before they got to the penalty area - this wasn't a fait accomplis.
"The negative scenario provides for (geopolitical) tension and fait accomplis, which may impact economic performance and investment," he said and added that the development of hydrocarbons and tourism may be sensitive to what is to come.
Thus, he allowed himself to be used as a mere tool in the disgracefully conducted "witch hunt." He continued to govern the country with disturbing ease and a total lack of conscience as innocent people were removed from office and police academy students were arbitrarily expelled from school and untainted people were unlawfully prosecuted and sent to jail with fait accomplis.
In the end they dropped the axe in December, leaving new skipper Eoin Morgan with a fait accomplis of a squad and virtually no time to get accustomed to the role.
"The combative people of this land will not bow to these fait accomplis. There will be a retaliation in kind."
(53) The democratic world should not let the Israeli government get away with fait accomplis like illegal settlement because "that pertains to the lives of people".
"This approach augers well and has every possibility of heading off any confrontation, as we discuss all sorts of matters regarding treatments, approaches and methodology, so that there is a broad consensus achieved, almost on a daily basis, which guards against the more widespread practice of big public fall outs at the end of a lot of hard work on behalf of the owner, as the "done deal" is presented to interested parties as a fait accomplis.