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English definition of “fait accompli”

fait accompli

noun [C] uk   /ˌfet.ə.kɒmˈpliː/ us    /ˌfeɪt.ə.kɑːm-/ (plural faits accomplis)
something that has already happened or been done and cannot be changed: The policy change was presented to us as a fait accompli, without consultation or discussion.Acting and actsDealing with things or people
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