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