- 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.
- a pro forma document.
Origin of pro forma
- prescribing a set form or procedure
- performed in a set manner
Word Origin and History for proformas
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.”