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

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

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).
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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.
A la fin de l'exercice 2017, la societe a accompli 70% de son deuxieme plan d'investissement en termes d'acquisition de materiels industriels et de transports.
Any attempt on the part of Turkey to foment a fait accompli in Cyprus' maritime area would be irrational and Ankara would not take such a risk, according to Dimitris Vitsas, Greece's Alternate Minister of National Defence.
Le temps accompli par le Stelvio Quadrifoglio au NE-rburgring a totalement pulverise le record precedent, qui avait ete etabli par le Porsche Cayenne Turbo S.
That means it has become fait accompli and that (Yasay) would have to be removed,' the President said.
Les services de la Gendarmerie nationale de Maghnia (Tlemcen) ont reussi a arreter l'auteur d'un homicide, une demi-heure apres avoir accompli son acte criminel, a-t-on appris hier aupres de ce corps securitaire.
KIRKUK / National Iraqi News Agency / nina / Iraqi Turkmen Front, described the fate of the majority of Turkmen areas as unknown, calling on the UN not to allow to impose the fait accompli on the geographical Turkmen policy.
The idea that China will be forced to concede or accept a fait accompli through the verdict will turn out to be unrealistic," Hong said.
Boasting a superficially new plot but preaching the exact same sermon--in the identical leaden, graceless manner--as its predecessor, Harold Crank's follow-up concocts a laughable crisis of faith whose resolution is a fait accompli, turning the endeavor into a torturous exercise in one-note proselytizing.
Not as yet properly consulted, (somewhat of an understatement) a school that manages its finances well and that has examination results to be proud of, is apparently presented with a fait accompli.
The GCC Ministerial Council, remembered the statement issued during the GCC extraordinary meeting in 21, January, 2015 regarding the Houthi coup in Yemen and a statement issued by the Security Council in 15, February, 2015, the GCC initiative and it executive mechanism, the outputs of the national dialogue and relevant resolutions of the Security Council, reiterated its condemnation and refusal of the Houthi coup and its attempts to impose a fait accompli by force.
Le ministere de l'Interieur a assure que la situation du cote tunisien est parfaitement sous controle, et personne ne pouvait acceder au territoire tunisien sans avoir accompli les formalites en vigueur.
Accompli Email organizes the iPhone user's email, calendar, and contacts in one place for easier use.
Summary: Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai warned Tuesday that a fait accompli government would plunge Lebanon into further turmoil, as the Future Movement said the formation of a national unity Cabinet hinged on MP Michel Aoun's agreement to the rotation of ministerial portfolios.
He continued to add that, "Israel's justifications for the ban on many goods and raw materials are completely untenable and unrealistic as it's just trying hard to impose a fait accompli (irreversible accomplished fact).