V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary

pro forma

adjective, adverb

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.

Usage Examples:

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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