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pro forma

or proforma (for defs 2, 3)

[proh fawr-muh] /proʊ ˈfɔr mə/
according to form; as a matter of form; for the sake of form.
Commerce. provided in advance of shipment and merely showing the description and quantity of goods shipped without terms of payment:
a pro forma invoice.
Accounting. indicating hypothetical financial figures based on previous business operations for estimate purposes:
a pro forma balance sheet.
Origin of pro forma
1565-75; < Latin prō fōrma Unabridged
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  • In practice, the periodic Party Conference becomes a pro forma meeting held for the purpose of displaying unanimity of opinion.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
  • It was merely a pro forma question; they had enough German translators on the staff.

    Alone Norman Douglas
  • Father says that is only pro forma and that she must not take any lesson books to the country.

    A Young Girl's Diary An Anonymous Young Girl
  • Both had happened to her by the time she had uttered her pro forma remonstrance.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • Quiæstionibus Magistrorum Scholarum in Parviso pro forma respondit.

    The Worlds Greatest Books Arthur Mee, J. A. Hammerton, Eds.
British Dictionary definitions for pro forma

pro forma

/ˈprəʊ ˈfɔːmə/
prescribing a set form or procedure
performed in a set manner
Word Origin
Latin: for form's sake
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Word Origin and History for pro forma

also proforma, Latin, literally "for form's sake, by way of formality;" see pro- + form (n.).

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pro forma in Culture
pro forma [(proh fawr-muh)]

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.”

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