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pro for·ma

 (prō fôr′mə)
adj.
1. Done as a formality; perfunctory.
2. Provided in advance so as to prescribe form or describe items: a pro forma copy of a document.

[New Latin prō fōrmā : prō, for the sake of + fōrmā, ablative of fōrma, form.]

pro forma

(ˈprəʊ ˈfɔːmə)
adj
prescribing a set form or procedure
adv
performed in a set manner
[Latin: for form's sake]

pro for•ma

(proʊ ˈfɔr mə)
adj.
1. done as a matter of form or for the sake of form: a pro forma apology.
2. Also, pro•for′ma. provided in advance of shipment and merely showing the description and quantity of goods shipped without terms of payment: a pro forma invoice.
[1565–75; < Latin]

pro forma

A Latin phrase meaning for the sake of form, used to describe something that is done perfunctorily or automatically.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pro forma - as a formality only; "a one-candidate pro forma election"
formal - being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress); "pay one's formal respects"; "formal dress"; "a formal ball"; "the requirement was only formal and often ignored"; "a formal education"
Adv.1.pro forma - in a set manner without serious attention; "they answered my letter pro forma"; "he kissed her cheek perfunctorily"
Translations

pro forma

[ˌprəʊˈfɔːmə]
A. ADJ [compliance, implementation] → puramente formal
B. CPD pro forma invoice Nfactura f detallada que precede a la entrega
pro forma letter Ncarta f estándar

pro forma

[ˌprəʊˈfɔːrmə] adj
pro forma invoice → facture f pro forma

pro forma (invoice)

pro forma

[ˈprəʊˈfɔːmə] adv pro forma invoicefattura proforma
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Managers generally claim that pro formas are used to provide information not otherwise provided through traditional GAAP earnings--that they are providing value relevant information.
It's generally accepted that pro formas shouldn't be used to manage perceptions or to mislead.