Definition of pro forma adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    pro forma

    BrE BrE//ˌprəʊ ˈfɔːmə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌproʊ ˈfɔːrmə//
    (from Latin) [usually before noun]
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  1. 1(especially of a document) prepared in order to show the usual way of doing something or to provide a standard method a pro forma letter pro forma instructions
  2. 2(of a document) sent in advance a pro forma invoice (= a document that gives details of the goods being sent to a customer)
  3. 3done because it is part of the usual way of doing something, although it has no real meaning a pro forma debate
  4. Word Originearly 16th cent.: from Latin.

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