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Definitions for pro forma
proʊ ˈfɔr məpro for·ma

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pro forma, perfunctoryadverb

    as a formality only

    "a one-candidate pro forma election"

  2. perfunctorily, as a formality, pro formaadverb

    in a set manner without serious attention

    "they answered my letter pro forma"; "he kissed her cheek perfunctorily"


  1. pro formaadjective

    For the sake of form only.


  1. pro forma

    Pro forma refers to a method of calculating financial results using certain projections or presumptions, typically in a standardized format. It is a Latin term that means "for the sake of form" or "as a matter of form". It's commonly used in accounting, economics, and business to represent financial figures, such as income or balance statements, which may indicate hypothetical scenarios, like a proposed merger or change in capital structure. The purpose is to give stakeholders an idea of the company’s financial situation under different circumstances.


  1. Pro forma

    The term pro forma, Latin for "as a matter of form" or "for the sake of form", is a term applied to practices or documents that are done as a pure formality, perfunctorily, or seek to satisfy the minimum requirements or to conform to a convention or doctrine. It has different meanings in different fields.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pro forma

    prō for′ma, as a matter of form. [L. pro, for, forma, abl. of forma, form.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pro forma in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pro forma in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of pro forma in a Sentence

  1. Martin Healy:

    The public definitely has a right to be surprised by this principle, but this is not surprising to anyone in the legal community in Massachusetts, right now the matter is pretty pro forma.

  2. John Bogle:

    The accounting firms have been letting corporations get away with reporting all kinds of funny pro forma earnings, the addition of Jim Doty to the PCAOB was a big upgrade. And if the firms are angry with him, he’s clearly doing something right.

  3. Christy Goldfuss:

    I think everyone is disappointed to see that Alaska was included at all in the options, however it is incredibly heartening that there is no preferred alternative here, and the no drilling option for the first time we can see is on par with the other options, usually the no action alternative is done pro forma, but here they give it consideration.

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    a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women)
    • A. fancy
    • B. equity
    • C. tranquillity
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