pro for·ma (prō fôrmə)
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.]
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