The Senate had, in fact, been in pro forma session when Obama issued his fiat that the body was in recess.
Millions of tweens have already generously volunteered to work on the script, pro bono.
But that deal only lasted a year, as Sen. Harry Reid began the use of pro forma sessions to prevent recession appointments.
word-forming element meaning "forward, forth, toward the front" (e.g. proclaim, proceed); "beforehand, in advance" (prohibit, provide); "taking care of" (procure); "in place of, on behalf of" (proconsul, pronoun); from Latin pro "on behalf of, in place of, before, for, in exchange for, just as," which also was used as a prefix.
Also in some cases from cognate Greek pro "before, in front of, sooner," which also was used in Greek as a prefix (e.g. problem). Both the Latin and Greek words are from PIE *pro- (cf. Sanskrit pra- "before, forward, forth;" Gothic faura "before," Old English fore "before, for, on account of," fram "forward, from;" Old Irish roar "enough"), extended form of root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per).
The common modern sense "in favor of, favoring" (e.g. pro-independence, pro-fluoridation, pro-Soviet) was not in classical Latin and is attested in English from early 19c.
Earlier; before; prior to: progenitor.
Anterior; in front of: procephalic.
: pro ranks
[the last sense perhaps fr professional reinforced by prostitute, or vice versa]
A prophylactic for preventing venereal disease; condom; rubber (WWII armed forces)