from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Done as a formality; perfunctory.
  • adj. Provided in advance so as to prescribe form or describe items: a pro forma copy of a document.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. For the sake of form only.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • As a matter of form.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a set manner without serious attention
  • adj. as a formality only


New Latin prō fōrmā : prō, for the sake of + fōrmā, ablative of fōrma, form.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin, see Latin etymology. (Wiktionary)


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