fait accompli

A decision that has already been made or something that has already been accomplished or completed. The decision by the CEO to close 50 of the company's stores came as a fait accompli to the rest of the management team, who were powerless to stop it. Failing this class is not a fait accompli—you have the ability to study and bring up your grade!
See also: accompli, fait
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a ˌfait accomˈpli

(from French) 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.
See also: accompli, fait
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fait accompli, a

A deed or action already completed. The term is French for “accomplished action” and was adopted into English in the early nineteenth century. The French critic Nicolas Boileau, exponent of the classical style, may have been one of the first to popularize the term in French, in his treatise L’Art poétique (1674), expounding the classic unities of drama: “Qu’en un lieu, qu’en un jour, un seul fait accompli tienne jusqu’ à la fin le théâtre rempli” (One place, one time, one single action will keep the audience in the theater to the end).
See also: fait
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Europe adjusts itself to a fait accompli, and so does an individual character--until the placid adjustment is disturbed by a convulsive retribution.
"And this, of course, remains to you, since the marriage is a fait accompli?"
Israeli settlers daily break into al-Aqsa Mosque provocatively under the protection of the occupation forces in an attempt to impose a fait accompli with regard to Judaizing the Mosque and imposing control over it.
A, a-t-il declare a l'issue de la priere de l'Aid el-Kebir qu'il a accompli a la Grande mosquee de Dakar.
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The data argue against Fed easing, but a July cut is a fait accompli.
"The sudden announcement of a bipartisan agreement on the governor is an attempt to impose a fait accompli, and we reject it altogether.
DUSHANBE, Sunday, June 16, 2019 (WAFA) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday that Turkey rejects 'fait accompli' in Jerusalem, as reported by the official Turkish Anadolu Agency.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Moscow considers the US demands that Turkey give up the purchase of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems as unacceptable and views the deal as a fait accompli, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday.
It is incorrect because it provocatively ignores the fact that with the passage of time what has happened becomes an irreversible fait accompli. A fait accompli in respect of the occupied lands; a fait accompli in respect of the population mix; a fait accompli in terms of the established world order.
Under the hypnotic spell of Indian propaganda, we naively accept the Indian-held Kashmir's 'assembly' and the preceding illegal and doubtful 'instrument of accession' as fait accompli. No sir, they aren't.
There should not be a fait accompli on the ground," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hami Aksoy told a press conference.
The prime minister also informed Ambassador Emadi about the Israeli's continuous policy of imposing fait accompli, settlement expansion, demolition of houses and the confiscation of land, especially in the so-called Area C.