Pro forma

If something is approved, accepted etc pro forma, this is part of the usual way of doing things and does not involve any actual choice or decision

pro forma approval

Origin pro forma (1500-1600) Latin “as a matter of form”

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

When something is done pro forma, it’s done purely as a formality. When the person conducting a wedding ceremony asks if anyone has an objection to the marriage, just keep quiet. That question is strictly pro forma.

Pro forma is a Latin term meaning “as a matter of form” or “for the sake of form.” If you do something pro forma, you are probably not giving it much attention; you are just going through the motions.

Pro forma actions are formalities, which means they don’t have much practical value, but they must be done because that’s how they’ve always been done.

A pro forma session of Congress has more to do with following the rules than with getting anything done.

Definitions of pro forma

adverb in a set manner without serious attention
“they answered my letter pro forma”
synonyms: as a formality, perfunctorily

adjective as a formality only
“a one-candidate pro forma election”

synonyms: perfunctory
formal

being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress)

Vocabulary.com
Pro forma

BETEKENIS & DEFINITIE

Pro forma is een zitting waarop een zaak niet inhoudelijk wordt behandeld. Een pro-formazitting is nodig als een zaak binnen een bepaalde termijn op een zitting moet zijn geweest, maar het nog te vroeg is om deze inhoudelijk te behandelen.

Vaak wordt pro forma gebruikt om een een pro forma zitting aan te duiden. Dat is een term waar iedereen met een beetje juridische kennis wel bekend mee is. Het is een zitting waarop een zaak niet inhoudelijk wordt behandeld. Een pro-formazitting is nodig als een zaak binnen een bepaalde termijn op een zitting moet zijn geweest, maar het nog te vroeg is om deze inhoudelijk te behandelen.

Dit heeft te maken met het feit dat de zitting binnen een redelijke termijn plaats moet vinden, dit is nu eenmaal een van de rechtsbeginselen in ons land. De reden voor de zitting is dus om er voor te zorgen dat deze termijn niet wordt overschreden.
Een pro forma zitting komt meestal niet voor, normaal gesproken wordt er al wel gewoon inhoudelijk ingegaan op een bepaalde zaak.
Vaak is het zo dat de pro forma zittingen voorkomen bij de grotere zaken, dit gehele proces duurt dan ook langer.

Pro forma (bijwoord)

Voor de vorm, alleen omdat het officieel moet

Het invullen van dit formulier gebeurt louter pro forma.

Van Dale

A simple bedside assessment should be used and the findings recorded within the clerking pro forma for stroke patients.
From the Cambridge English Corpus

Four networks (25%) provided approval at a formal meeting, without a pro forma, and the other nine networks (56%) offered approval informally.
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Three networks (19%) requested completion of a pro forma, with a review of the trial at a formal network meeting.
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The interviewer recorded the responses to closed questions on the pro forma, and these responses were analysed quantitatively.
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The bibliographic citations are merely pro forma; the author of neither paper has actually described this technique in print.
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The educational background, economic status, employment status, duration of symptoms, associated medical illness, and history of previous abdominal surgery were recorded on a pro forma.
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The process would then require only one set of information, rather than a different pro forma for each network, and aim to fulfil research governance requirements.
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The allegorical disguise is strictly pro forma, designed to confer mythic stature on the protagonists and elevate the proceedings beyond the level of grubby recent history.
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In view of this escalation, are we condemned to pro forma protests before settling for realism?
From Europarl Parallel Corpus – English

It means having a notice board with a proper pro forma in regard to every single train.
From the Hansard archive

I usually, in common with my colleagues, get a long explanatory letter and the usual pro forma of apology.
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No standard pro forma letter requesting further information and documentation in such cases is in use in the passport offices.
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This is a pro forma letter that has been sent out by activists who are trying to undermine a very valuable service.
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Of the other representations received, 550 were pro forma type protest notes provided or evidently prompted by the patients’ doctors.
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I do not know whether it will be an inquiry pro forma, or whether it will give the fullest opportunity for investigation.
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He was only admitted as a solicitor pro forma in 1917, but he has had ten years’ experience of legal work.
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Such pro forma applications will not help genuine claimants who need help through the social security system.
From the Hansard archive

In addition, about 25,000 post cards, pro forma letters and petition signatures have been submitted.
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It will incorporate a pro forma with blank spaces, which employers can use to record their assessments.
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We shall view with interest in due course the pro forma of the census.
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The evidence was that in too many cases consultation was effectively pro forma.
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To adopt a pro forma statement is almost to coach a witness in advance about what he should or should not say.
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The pro forma may well have been produced partly to save court time.
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I have already seen a pro forma copy of one of these documents.
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He would have to take a pro forma with him.
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It then requires that the instrument will be completed by the governing body using a model pro forma.
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I have seen a copy of that pro forma.
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They do not want things that come pro forma after a certain lapse of time.
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They were all required to submite a maritime declaration of health and a pro forma.
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Appendix 2 contains a pro forma financial statement to assist the money adviser to establish the client’s income and outgoings.
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In determining the share price the key factor was the dividend yield to be applied to pro forma dividends disclosed in the prospectus.
From the Hansard archive

For some time—not days, not weeks, but months—the institute’s only response to the complaint was by standard pro forma notices of receipt of communications.
From the Hansard archive

I suggest that we need a straightforward pro forma in which the bulk of those items are identified.
From the Hansard archive

Is it not a fact that of 170 manufacturing members circulated with the pro forma, only 35 replied?
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This is the extent to which we think capacity can be released and on what we call a pro forma basis.
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They follow a pro forma to simplify and regulate the different disciplines on which they are asked to report.
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Any ratepayer who is aggrieved by his valuation can keep the matter open by lodging a pro forma appeal by that date.
From the Hansard archive

It was indeed a rather scruffy bit of paper—a sort of roneod pro forma affair.
From the Hansard archive

Those who know the region say that a de facto presidential system was already in place before the pro forma court judgment.
From Europarl Parallel Corpus – English

You have a praesidium which is not there pro forma, because it is a praesidium which counts.
From Europarl Parallel Corpus – English

A pro forma parliamentary vote was taken, but that was all.
From Europarl Parallel Corpus – English

There are pro forma accounts in the annexes to the resource accountancy manual.
From the Hansard archive

It is not right to adopt a pro forma statement.
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I am convinced that this pro forma provides all the information in a relatively simple form.
From the Hansard archive

The simplicity of attaching a pro forma to that diagnosis which the doctor could follow up is bliss indeed.
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The comprehensive assessment was replaced with a pro forma offering two choices.
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You will acknowledge receipt of this notice immediately on the attached pro forma.
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It would be my ideal wish that all small firms’ paperwork could be pro forma and be reduced to an absolute minimum.
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We had a pro forma statement from the accountant in which he made an estimate of how this thing would work out.
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If the facts of a particular case about which he wishes to make a statement are different, he will, of course, not follow the pro forma.
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The three schedules contain pro forma resolutions of the types that can be passed by the trustees of certain charities under articles 3, 4 and 5.
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I have seen letters of credit being established and pro forma orders made to cover a certain position, perhaps even for the sale of the import licence itself.
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I would not expect them to read the pro forma document, and in the confusion of the moment the police officer might not make the requirement absolutely clear.
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This must include an accountant’s report on the business, or unlisted company or companies to be acquired, and a pro forma balance sheet of the group as reorganised.
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Some 300 sources objected to the bypass, 20 of which were subsequently withdrawn; there were 280 pro forma objections and four petitions of objection; and some 40 sources registered support.
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We shall at all events assume that this pro forma will form the basis of the discussions as to what the agreement is to be.
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Although these forms were not marked as invoices but were described as pro forma applications, it was clear that there was an intent to mislead.
From the Hansard archive

I understand that when the police use a breathalyser kit they have to register in a pro forma in the police station that they have used the kit.
From the Hansard archive

With regard to the dividends in thispro formastatement, is it quite certain that you will be able to keep up this interest?
From the Hansard archive

It is the man sitting down eating his tuck in the pit and scribbling away on his pools pro forma— or whatever it is called—that we have to protect.
From the Hansard archive

Pro forma market value of merged company was $261.6 billion.
From Wikipedia

A pro forma invoice is a document that states a commitment from the seller to sell goods to the buyer at specified prices and terms.
From Wikipedia

Though the null hypothesis is not quite the same thing as one’s prior estimate, it is, rather, one’s “pro forma” prior estimate.
From Wikipedia

For example, one “pro forma” audience may be heard for a judge to order the production of a certain proof or to schedule another date.
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A sales quote is prepared in the form of a “pro forma” invoice which is different from a commercial invoice.
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And similarly, the customer also wants to know what all other components are there in the “pro forma” invoice to avoid disagreements later.
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Consequently, “pro forma” statements summarize the projected future status of a company, based on the current financial statements.
From Wikipedia

Keld freely tells his wife and son that the marriage is purely pro forma.
From Wikipedia

This figure would be even higher if we consider pre-announcement pro forma combined market value of $233.7 billion.
From Wikipedia

Similarly, when a new corporation is envisioned, its founders will prepare “pro forma” financial statements for the information of prospective investors.
From Wikipedia

If, during a given day’s session, no business is transacted, it becomes a pro forma session, meaning one held only for the sake of formality.
From Wikipedia

At the start, both parties signed a pro forma invoice with terms and conditions.
From Wikipedia

Simply, a “pro forma” invoice is a confirmed purchase order where buyer and supplier agree on detail and cost of the product to be shipped to the buyer.
From Wikipedia

The financial model will be a detailed model of the issuers historical, pro forma, and projected financials including managements high, low, and base case for the issuer.
From Wikipedia

The “pro forma” models the anticipated results of the transaction, with particular emphasis on the projected cash flows, net revenues and (for taxable entities) taxes.
From Wikipedia

Several scholars have argued that certificates of division were pro forma, and that the judge and justice would merely agree to disagree, often without writing opposing opinions.
From Wikipedia.

These examples are from the Cambridge English Corpus and from sources on the web. Any opinions in the examples do not represent the opinion of the Cambridge Dictionary editors or of Cambridge University Press or its licensors.

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