pro forma

adjective pro for·ma \ (ˌ)prō-ˈfȯr-mə \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of pro forma

1 : made or carried out in a perfunctory manner or as a formality
2 : based on financial assumptions or projections: such as
a : reflecting a transaction (such 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 in a Sentence

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

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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


PRO FORMA Defined for English Language Learners

pro forma

adjective

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

adjective pro for·ma \ prō-ˈfȯr-mə \

legal Definition of pro forma

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