Origin of pro-1
Definition for pro- (2 of 2)
Origin of pro-2
Examples from the Web for pro-
Tensions have boiled since, with pro- and anti-Morsi crowds occasionally clashing violently.
Not one among the legions of pro- and antiwar hooting senators could find the time.
It will be the first time that pro- and anti-government demonstrations will be going head-to-head since last summer.
It is also unscientific to say that labor was pro- nounced as a curse upon man.
Until such time as this pro- cedure was unmasked, Mill's political econ- omy enjoyed an unquestioned authority.The Unexpurgated Case Against Women Suffrage|Almroth E. Wright
Pro-: anterior: used as a prefix to designate the parts of the first thoracic segment.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology|John. B. Smith
The pro- fyte of the dede / or the commoditie may be fet at the circumstaunce of it.The Art or Crafte of Rhetoryke|Leonard Cox
Is it not wonderful that God failed to pro- tect these innocent wives and children?Answer.
British Dictionary definitions for pro- (1 of 2)
Word Origin for pro-
British Dictionary definitions for pro- (2 of 2)
Word Origin for pro-
Word Origin and History for pro-
word-forming element meaning "forward, forth, toward the front" (e.g. proclaim, proceed); "beforehand, in advance" (prohibit, provide); "taking care of" (procure); "in place of, on behalf of" (proconsul, pronoun); from Latin pro "on behalf of, in place of, before, for, in exchange for, just as," which also was used as a prefix.
Also in some cases from cognate Greek pro "before, in front of, sooner," which also was used in Greek as a prefix (e.g. problem). Both the Latin and Greek words are from PIE *pro- (cf. Sanskrit pra- "before, forward, forth;" Gothic faura "before," Old English fore "before, for, on account of," fram "forward, from;" Old Irish roar "enough"), extended form of root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per).
The common modern sense "in favor of, favoring" (e.g. pro-independence, pro-fluoridation, pro-Soviet) was not in classical Latin and is attested in English from early 19c.