[ proh fawr-muh ]
/ proʊ ˈfɔr mə /
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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.
noun plural pro for·ma, pro for·mas.
a pro forma document.
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Also pro·for·ma (for defs. 2, 3, 5) .
Origin of pro forma
First recorded in 1565–75; from Latin prō formā
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British Dictionary definitions for pro forma
/ (ˈprəʊ ˈfɔːmə) /
prescribing a set form or procedure
performed in a set manner
Word Origin for pro forma
Latin: for form's sake
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Cultural definitions for 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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