pro forma

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adjective pro for·ma \(ˌ)prō-ˈfȯr-mə\

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: such asa :  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 sheetb :  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 in a sentence

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

Did You Know?

A lot of things are done for the sake of appearances. A teacher might get officially observed and evaluated every three years, even though everyone knows she's terrific and the whole thing is strictly pro forma. A critic might say that a orchestral conductor gave a pro forma performance, since his heart wasn't in it. A business owner might make a pro forma appearance at the funeral of a politician's mother, never having met her but maybe hoping for a favor from her son sometime in the future. In business, pro forma has some special meanings; a pro forma invoice, for example, will list all the items being sent but, unlike a true invoice, won't be an actual bill.

Origin and Etymology of pro forma

Latin, for form


First Known Use: 1823


PRO FORMA Defined for English Language Learners

pro forma

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adjective pro for·ma \(ˌ)prō-ˈfȯr-mə\

Definition of pro forma for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

pro forma

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adjective pro for·ma \prō-ˈfȯr-mə\

Legal Definition of pro forma

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

  2. 2 :  provided or made in advance to describe items or projections a pro forma invoice

Origin and Etymology of pro forma

Latin, for the sake of form


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