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pro-form

[ proh-fawrm ]
/ ˈproʊˌfɔrm /
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noun Grammar.

a word used to replace or substitute for a word, phrase, or clause belonging to a given grammatical class, as a pronoun used to replace a noun or noun phrase, there used to replace an adverb or adverbial phrase of place, as in I parked the car near the entrance and left it there, or so used to substitute for a clause, as in Have they come? I think so.

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Origin of pro-form

First recorded in 1960–65
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British Dictionary definitions for pro-form

pro-form

noun

a word having grammatical function but assuming the meaning of an antecedent word or phrase for which it substitutesthe word ``does'' is a pro-form for ``understands Greek'' in ``I can't understand Greek but he does''
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