The Senate had, in fact, been in pro forma session when Obama issued his fiat that the body was in recess.
But that deal only lasted a year, as Sen. Harry Reid began the use of pro forma sessions to prevent recession appointments.
The long silence speaks more powerfully than a pro forma, convenient denial at this late date.
As pro forma as the personal stuff is, Tyrant still could've been a compelling show—if it got the political stuff right.
Yes, Mitch McConnell has to make his pro forma gestures about doing due diligence.
In practice, the periodic Party Conference becomes a pro forma meeting held for the purpose of displaying unanimity of opinion.
It was merely a pro forma question; they had enough German translators on the staff.
Father says that is only pro forma and that she must not take any lesson books to the country.
Both had happened to her by the time she had uttered her pro forma remonstrance.
Quiæstionibus Magistrorum Scholarum in Parviso pro forma respondit.
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.”