Definition of pro forma in English:

pro forma


  • 1Done or produced as a matter of form.

    ‘pro forma reports’
    1. 1.1[attributive]Denoting a standard document or form, especially an invoice sent in advance of or with goods supplied.
    2. 1.2[attributive](of a financial statement) showing potential or expected income, costs, assets, or liabilities, especially in relation to some planned or expected act or situation.


  • As a matter of form or politeness.

    ‘he nodded to him pro forma’


  • A standard document, form or financial statement.

    • ‘The commission and city should review all feasibility studies and pro formas (such as balance sheets and income statements) to ensure the viability of the project requesting city funds.’
    • ‘The Tribunal had before it no evidence as to the way in which those pro formas were completed.’
    • ‘The SEC is examining whether new rules are needed to clarify financial reports and perhaps restrict use of pro formas.’
    • ‘We shall complete the pro formas in the course of the day and they will be available to the parties before the end of the week.’


Early 16th century: from Latin.


pro forma

/ˌprō ˈfôrmə/