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pro forma

[proh fawr-muh] /proʊ ˈfɔr mə/
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
1565-1575
1565-75; < Latin prō fōrma
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British Dictionary definitions for pro-forma

pro forma

/ˈprəʊ ˈfɔːmə/
adjective
1.
prescribing a set form or procedure
adverb
2.
performed in a set manner
Word Origin
Latin: for form's sake
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Word Origin and History for pro-forma

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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