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pros-

1.
a combining form meaning “toward; near,” used in the formation of compound words:
proskomide.
2.
a combining form meaning “in front of; forward,” used in the formation of compound words:
prosencephalon.

pros.

pro1

[proh] /proʊ/
adverb
1.
in favor of a proposition, opinion, etc.
noun, plural pros.
2.
a proponent of an issue; a person who upholds the affirmative in a debate.
3.
an argument, consideration, vote, etc., for something.
Compare con1 .
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin prō (prep) in favor of, for; akin to per-, Greek pró, Sanskrit pra

pro2

[proh] /proʊ/
adjective
noun, plural pros.
3.
the pros, the professional athletic leagues, as of football, baseball, or basketball:
He's sure to be signed by the pros.
Origin
1840-50; shortened form

pro3

[proh] /proʊ/
noun, plural pros. Slang.
1.
prophylactic (def 5).
Origin
shortened form
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British Dictionary definitions for pros

pro1

/prəʊ/
adverb
1.
in favour of a motion, issue, course of action, etc Compare anti
preposition
2.
in favour of
noun (pl) pros
3.
(usually pl) an argument or vote in favour of a proposal or motion See also pros and cons
4.
(usually pl) a person who votes in favour of a proposal, motion, etc
See con2
Word Origin
from Latin prō (prep) in favour of

pro2

/prəʊ/
noun (pl) pros
1.
(informal) short for professional
2.
(slang) a prostitute
abbreviation
3.
professional practitioner
adjective
4.
(informal) short for professional
Word Origin
C19: by shortening

PRO

abbreviation
1.
Public Records Office
2.
public relations officer
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Word Origin and History for pros

pro

n.

1866, shortening of professional (n.). The adjective is first recorded 1915 (in golfing's pro shop).

"a consideration or argument in favor," c.1400, from Latin pro (see pro-). Pro and con is attested from c.1400, short for pro and contra "for and against" (Latin pro et contra).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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pros in Medicine

Pro abbr.
proline

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Slang definitions & phrases for pros

pro 1

modifier

: pro ranks

noun
  1. A professional in any field, as distinct from an amateur, and mainly distinguished by superior and dependable performance: hear his song played and sung by pros (1866+)
  2. A prostitute: He treats all women like pros and all men like enemies (1937+)

[the last sense perhaps fr professional reinforced by prostitute, or vice versa]


pro 2

noun

A prophylactic for preventing venereal disease; condom; rubber (WWII armed forces)


pro

noun
  1. Probation as a judicial sentence (1950s+)
  2. A person on probation

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for pros

pro

  1. professional
  2. prostitute

PRO

  1. peer review organization
  2. professional review organization
  3. pronoun
  4. public relations officer

pros.

prosody
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