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