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Definition of fait accompli noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

fait accompli

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌfeɪt əˈkɒmpliː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌfeɪt əˈkɑːmpliː//
 
[usually singular] (pl. faits accomplis
BrE BrE//ˌfeɪz əˈkɒmpliː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌfeɪz əˈkɑːmpliː//
 
)
(from French)
 
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something that has already happened or been done and that you cannot change We got married secretly and then presented our parents with a fait accompli. Word Origin mid 19th cent.: from French, literally ‘accomplished fact’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fait accompli