pro forma

pro forma

[proh fawr-muh]
noun
1.
according to form; as a matter of form; for the sake of form.
2.
Commerce. provided in advance of shipment and merely showing the description and quantity of goods shipped without terms of payment: a pro forma invoice.
3.
Accounting. indicating hypothetical financial figures based on previous business operations for estimate purposes: a pro forma balance sheet.
Also, proforma (for defs 2, 3).


Origin:
1565–75; < Latin prō fōrma

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pro forma (ˈprəʊ ˈfɔːmə)
 
adj
1.  prescribing a set form or procedure
 
adv
2.  performed in a set manner
 
[Latin: for form's sake]

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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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