fait accompli

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French fait accompli ‎(an accomplished fact), from fait ‎(a fact) + accompli ‎(accomplished).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈfeɪt.əˌkʌm.pli/

Noun[edit]

fait accompli ‎(plural faits accomplis)

  1. An accomplished fact, something that has already occurred; a (colloquial American) "done deal".

Usage notes[edit]

Often said of something irreversible and/or performed without going through standard procedure.

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French[edit]

Noun[edit]

fait accompli m ‎(plural faits accomplis)

  1. a fait accompli, a done deal

Usage notes[edit]

Only used in the expression “placer/mettre quelqu’un devant le fait accompli” meaning “to present somebody with a fait accompli”.


Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

fait accompli m (plural faits accomplis)

  1. fait accompli (an established fact)