Definition of pro forma in English:

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pro forma

Pronunciation: /prəʊ ˈfɔːmə/


1Done or produced as a matter of form: pro forma reports
1.1Denoting a standard document or form, especially an invoice sent in advance of or with goods supplied: a pro forma invoice
1.2(Of a financial statement) showing potential or expected income, costs, assets, or liabilities, especially in relation to some planned act or situation: revenues in excess of 35 million dollars on a pro forma basis


As a matter of form or politeness: he nodded to him pro forma


A pro forma document or form: please return the enclosed pro forma
More example sentences
  • The commission and city should review all feasibility studies and pro formas (such as balance sheets and income statements) to ensure the viability of the project requesting city funds.
  • The SEC is examining whether new rules are needed to clarify financial reports and perhaps restrict use of pro formas.
  • We shall complete the pro formas in the course of the day and they will be available to the parties before the end of the week.


Early 16th century: from Latin.

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