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pro forma

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adjective pro for·ma \(ˌ)prō-ˈfȯr-mə\

Simple Definition of pro forma

  • : done or existing as something that is usual or required but that has little true meaning or importance

Full Definition of pro forma

  1. 1 :  made or carried out in a perfunctory manner or as a formality

  2. 2 :  based on financial assumptions or projections: as a :  reflecting a transaction (as a merger) or other development as if it had been or will be in effect for a past or future period <a pro forma balance sheet> b :  excluding usually extraordinary charges or expenses (as from acquisitions, restructuring, or the write-down of goodwill) often in order to present a more attractive financial report <pro forma income>

Examples of pro forma

  1. The meeting was strictly pro forma, since the decision had already been made.



Origin of pro forma

Latin, for form


First Known Use: circa 1580


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