pro forma [ proh fawr-m uh ] SHOW IPA / proʊ ˈfɔr mə / PHONETIC RESPELLING Definition of pro forma 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.
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pro·for·ma (for defs. 2, 3, 5) . Origin of pro forma
First recorded in 1565–75; from Latin
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How to use pro forma in a sentence British Dictionary definitions for pro forma 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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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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