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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
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"The Famagusta municipality is in constant contact with the competent state authorities and the United Nations, and is monitoring the issue closely and making use of every means at its disposal to avert new faits accomplis in the fenced-off area of Famagusta," an announcement said.
"We will not bow to any dictates or faits accomplis being imposed on the ground by brute force, specifically in Jerusalem," Abbas said in press remarks on Thursday, describing Israel's practices in the occupied territories as "illegitimate and wrong".
But as Melnick shows, OCR officials found a way to sidestep this process by labeling a modification not as a formal rule change but as a "clarification" or "guidance." Such changes were then announced as faits accomplis through "Dear Colleague" letters.
Other EU member states resented the exclusive role of France and Germany in developing EU- or eurozone-wide solutions, which were then presented as faits accomplis to the rest of the bloc.
Taking policy makers' concerns seriously, I argue that at least three types of interrelated tactics are historically common, if underconceptualized, ways of pursuing competitive gains while deferring the decision for war: sidestepping established defender "redline" commitments; employing intermediary actors as aggressors; and presenting faits accomplis to defenders.
Le Communique precise aussi que le gouvernement marocain releve [beaucoup moins que]avec grande stupefaction les derapages verbaux, les faits accomplis et les gestes de complaisance injustifies[beaucoup plus grand que] de Ban Ki-Moon lors de sa visite dans la region.
Obama, faced with Russia's assertive faits accomplis, remains lost in a post-Vienna ideological rapture, unable or unwilling to see the consequences of his passivity and disinterest.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Political uncertainty in Turkey will likely pave the way for a deep governance crisis soon, with the putschist-style Islamists led by embattled President Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an insisting on ruling this nation of some 80 million people with faits accomplis and shenanigans at the expense of democratic principles, tradition and established precedents.
[beaucoup moins que] L'Autorite ne peut plus perdurer sous sa forme actuelle sans aucune souverainete veritable sur son territoire sur lequel IsraE1/2l continue a imposer comme des faits accomplis le morcellement des terres, la colonisation et les attaques contre des villes [beaucoup plus grand que], previent Mohammed Shtayyeh, membre de la direction du Fatah, principale force de l'OLP.
For Maciag, Whiggism means taking all changes as faits accomplis, and so Burke's shift toward reaction in the 1790s was a failure to follow his own principles.
Obrist tried to avoid the paradoxes of participatory art by removing the participant (the works are presented as faits accomplis), but left in its place the paradox of instruction-based art, which is that it often best exists in the mind alone.