V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1.†done or existing only as a formality; 2. provided in advance in to serve as a model or example for a later version of something
Synonyms: perfunctory, formal, conventional, routine, in advance
Tips: The literal Latin meaning of pro forma is "for form's sake." Thus, something done pro forma is only done as a matter of formality, but may not actually be necessary. It can also describe something done our of obligation or formality, in an insincere way.
The mayoral candidate was the only one running for the office, yet a pro forma election was held. (perfunctory, routine) adjective
Though Jane didnít care for the gift she received, she sent a pro forma thank you note. (perfunctory, routine) adjective
I sent a pro forma invoice before the completion of the project, prior to sending a more complete and detailed invoice. (in advance) adjective
It is usually a bad sign when a company sends you an impersonal, pro forma letter after an interview. (as a formality, routine) adjective
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