One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The body of accumulated legislation and regulations of the European Union (formerly the European Community).
1970s; earliest use found in Common Market Law Review. From French acquis communautaire (not dated in dictionaries of French) from acquis knowledge resulting from experience + communautaire.
acquis communautaire/aˌkiː kəˌm(j)uːnə(ʊ)ˈtɛː/
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