Etymology
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pro forma

also proforma, Latin, literally "for form's sake, by way of formality;" from pro (prep.) "on behalf of" (see pro-) + formā, ablative of forma (see form (n.)). A pro forma invoice is one sent to the purchaser in advance of the ordered goods.

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Definitions of pro forma
1
pro forma (adv.)
in a set manner without serious attention; as a formality;
they answered my letter pro forma
Synonyms: perfunctorily
2
pro forma (adj.)
done or produced as a formality only;
a one-candidate pro forma election
Synonyms: perfunctory
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