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PRO British & World English

Public Record Office

pro1 British & World English

A professional, especially in sport

pro2 British & World English

An advantage or argument in favour of something

pro-1 British & World English

Favouring; supporting

pro-2 British & World English

Before in time, place, order, etc.

pro-am British & World English

(Of a sports event) involving both professionals and amateurs

pro-ana British & World English

(Of a website) encouraging or advocating anorexia

pro Deo British & World English

With legal costs paid by the state at the instruction of the court

pro tem British & World English

For the time being

per pro. British & World English

Per procurationem (used when signing a letter on behalf of someone else; now usually abbreviated to pp)

semi-pro British & World English

short for semi-professional.

pro-form British & World English

A word or lexical unit which is dependent for its meaning on reference to some other part of the context, for example a pronoun or the verb do in she likes chocolate and so do I

pro forma British & World English

Done or produced as a matter of form

pro-life British & World English

Opposing abortion and euthanasia

pro shop British & World English

A retail outlet at a golf club, typically run by the resident professional, where golfing equipment can be purchased or repaired

pro tanto British & World English

To such an extent; to that extent

pro-choice British & World English

Advocating the legal right of a woman to choose whether or not she will have an abortion

pro-family British & World English

Promoting family life and traditional moral values

pro-nuncio British & World English

A papal ambassador to a country that does not accord the Pope’s ambassador automatic precedence over other ambassadors

pro-abortion British & World English

In favour of the availability of medically induced abortion

pro-democracy British & World English

Denoting or relating to political activism directed towards the establishment of democratic government in a country

pro-European British & World English

Favouring or supporting closer links with the European Union

pro hac vice British & World English

For or on this occasion only

quid pro quo British & World English

A favour or advantage granted in return for something

pars pro toto British & World English

A part or aspect of something taken as representative of the whole

pro bono publico British & World English

For the public good

pro-vice-chancellor British & World English

An assistant or deputy vice chancellor of a university

president pro tempore British & World English

A high-ranking senator of the majority party who presides over the US Senate in the absence of the vice president

prorate British & World English

Allocate, distribute, or assess pro rata

prostyle British & World English

A portico with a maximum of four columns

prosumer British & World English

A person who buys electronic goods that are of a standard between those aimed at consumers and professionals

pro bono in pro bono publico British & World English

Denoting legal work undertaken without charge, especially for a client on low income

prodrug British & World English

A biologically inactive compound which can be metabolized in the body to produce a drug

prograde British & World English

(Of planetary motion) proceeding from west to east; direct

prosocial British & World English

Relating to or denoting behaviour which is positive, helpful, and intended to promote social acceptance and friendship

proactive British & World English

(Of a person or action) creating or controlling a situation rather than just responding to it after it has happened

proconsul British & World English

A governor of a province in ancient Rome, having much of the authority of a consul

pro-nuncios in pro-nuncio British & World English

A papal ambassador to a country that does not accord the Pope’s ambassador automatic precedence over other ambassadors

proinsulin British & World English

A substance produced by the pancreas which is converted to insulin

provitamin British & World English

A substance which is converted into a vitamin within an organism

quid pro quos in quid pro quo British & World English

A favour or advantage granted in return for something

president pro tem in president pro tempore British & World English

A high-ranking senator of the majority party who presides over the US Senate in the absence of the vice president


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