Pro-forma Definition

prō fôrmə
adjective
Done as a formality; perfunctory.
American Heritage
For (the sake of) form; as a matter of form.
Webster's New World
Provided in advance so as to prescribe form or describe items.
A pro forma copy of a document.
American Heritage
For form.
Webster's New World Law
Done as a formality, rather than because of conviction, in order to make possible further proceedings.
Webster's New World Law
Synonyms:
perfunctory
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Earnings that have been adjusted by the company to exclude expenses that are not representative of the company’s true business. During the height of the Internet boom during the late 1990s, many companies excluded the cost of employees’ stock options. Other items that often are excluded from companies regular earnings are charges for extraordinary items, charges for discontinued operations, and one-time charges. Pro-forma earnings are in contrast to GAAP earnings, which follow set rules developed by accountants. Also called normalized earnings. See also GAAP.

Webster's New World Finance

Other Word Forms of Pro-forma

Noun

Singular:
pro-forma
Plural:
pro formas

Origin of Pro-forma

  • New Latin prō fōrmā prō for the sake of fōrmā ablative of fōrma form

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin, see Latin etymology.

    From Wiktionary

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