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pro forma

[proh fawr-muh] /proʊ ˈfɔr mə/
according to form; as a matter of form; for the sake of form.
Commerce. provided in advance of shipment and merely showing the description and quantity of goods shipped without terms of payment:
a pro forma invoice.
Accounting. indicating hypothetical financial figures based on previous business operations for estimate purposes:
a pro forma balance sheet.
as a matter of form:
Many of the school assignments appear to be done pro forma.
noun, plural pro forma, pro formas.
a pro forma document.
Also, proforma (for defs 2, 3, 5)
Origin of pro forma
First recorded in 1565-75, pro forma is from the Latin word prō fōrma Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was merely a pro forma question; they had enough German translators on the staff.

    Alone Norman Douglas
  • Father says that is only pro forma and that she must not take any lesson books to the country.

    A Young Girl's Diary An Anonymous Young Girl
  • In practice, the periodic Party Conference becomes a pro forma meeting held for the purpose of displaying unanimity of opinion.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
  • The bajans are summoned into the Abbot's Court, where each of them receives, pro forma, a blow from a ferule.

    Life in the Medieval University Robert S. Rait, M.A.
  • Both had happened to her by the time she had uttered her pro forma remonstrance.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for pro forma

pro forma

/ˈprəʊ ˈfɔːmə/
prescribing a set form or procedure
performed in a set manner
Word Origin
Latin: for form's sake
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Word Origin and History for pro forma

also proforma, Latin, literally "for form's sake, by way of formality;" see pro- + form (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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pro forma in Culture
pro forma [(proh fawr-muh)]

Doing something pro forma means satisfying only the minimum requirements of a task and doing it in a perfunctory way: “Her welcoming address was strictly pro forma: you could tell that her mind was a million miles away.” From Latin, meaning “by form.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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