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.
- Also pro·for·ma (for defs. 2, 3, 5) .
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How to use pro forma in a sentence
Forbes reports that it will sport “an implied pro forma enterprise value of $630 million, net of tax benefits,” after its completion.Forbes jumps into hot media liquidity summer with a SPAC combo | Alex Wilhelm | August 27, 2021 | TechCrunch
The pro forma results are also inclusive of a private placement, and its recent acquisition of Tock.Squarespace files for a direct listing on the NYSE | Alex Wilhelm | April 16, 2021 | TechCrunch
The House held a moment of silence to remember Wright on Monday after convening for a brief pro forma session.Rep. Ron Wright has died after battle with covid-19 | Paulina Firozi, David Weigel | February 8, 2021 | Washington Post
Normal procedure is that any member country can request that a document be circulated, and the UN does it pro-forma.Exclusive: Sony Emails Say Studio Exec Picked Kim Jong-Un as the Villain of ‘The Interview’ | William Boot | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As pro forma as the personal stuff is, Tyrant still could've been a compelling show—if it got the political stuff right.Generic and Superficial ‘Tyrant’ Amerisplains the Middle East | Andrew Romano | June 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But as a matter of law, these tax-exempt organizations do maintain a pro-forma nonpartisan posture.Why Hillary Clinton Should Go a-Knocking on Ralph Reed’s Door | Jeff Greenfield | June 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Senate had, in fact, been in pro forma session when Obama issued his fiat that the body was in recess.The ‘Defining Issue of Our Time’ Is Obama’s Constitutional Excesses | Ron Christie | January 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The objections to quantitative easing were generally pro forma and not particularly articulate.Janet Yellen Succeeds in the Senate Without Really Trying | Daniel Gross | November 14, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was read a first time in that house pro forma, and the second reading was fixed for the 17th of July.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. | E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
The bill was read a second time pro forma on the 13th of July, and the motion to commit it was made on the 21st.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. | E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
This would have been done before except that Mr. Vanderpool expected Judge Bedford to sit and make it pro forma.Letters and Literary Memorials of Samuel J. Tilden, v. 1 | Samuel J. Tilden
He believed with conviction a great deal that Erasmus accepted merely pro forma.Ten Tudor Statesmen | Arthur D. Innes
Even when returning from Lugano it was made to stop at the customs-house simply pro forma.The Patriot | Antonio Fogazzaro
British Dictionary definitions for pro forma
prescribing a set form or procedure
performed in a set manner
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Cultural definitions for pro forma
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.”
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