pro forma

[ proh fawr-muh ]
/ proʊ ˈfɔr mə /
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adjective

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.

adverb

as a matter of form: Many of the school assignments appear to be done pro forma.

noun plural pro for·ma, pro for·mas.

a pro forma document.

Nearby words

  1. prm,
  2. prn,
  3. pro,
  4. pro bono,
  5. pro bono publico,
  6. pro forma invoice,
  7. pro memoria,
  8. pro patria,
  9. pro rat. aet.,
  10. pro rata

Also pro·for·ma (for defs 2, 3, 5).

Origin of pro forma

First recorded in 1565–75, pro forma is from the Latin word prō fōrma

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British Dictionary definitions for proforma

pro forma

/ (ˈprəʊ ˈfɔːmə) /

adjective

prescribing a set form or procedure

adverb

performed in a set manner

Word Origin for pro forma

Latin: for form's sake

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Word Origin and History for proforma

pro forma

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for proforma

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.”

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