An accomplished, presumably irreversible deed or fact.
Something already done or in effect, making opposition or argument useless.
An accomplished fact, something that has already occurred; a done deal.
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Origin of fait-accompli
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Borrowing from Frenchfait accompli (“an accomplished fact”), from fait (“a fact”) + accompli (“accomplished”).
Fait-accompli Sentence Examples
I just decided it was a fait accompli and we might as well address the situation as best we can.
This became all the more apparent as his own health failed during 1907; for, though he was obliged to leave much of the leadership in the Commons to Mr Asquith, his possible resignation of the premiership was strongly deprecated; and even after November, when it became clear that his health was not equal to active work, four or five months elapsed before the necessary change became a fait accompli.
From that moment Japanese policy was directed towards establishing her own hegemony and meeting the advance of Russia with a fait accompli.
Accepting as a fait accompli the existence of the triple alliance, created by Bismarck for the purpose of resisting any aggressive action on the part of Russia and France, he sought to establish more friendly relations with the cabinets of Berlin, Vienna and Rome.
Although to a certain extent opposed to the despotism of the emperor, he was not in favour of his deposition, though he accepted the fait accompli of the Restoration in April 1814.