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As a matter of form or for the sake of form. Used to describe accounting, financial, and other statements or conclusions based upon assumed or anticipated facts.
The phrase pro forma, in an appealable decree or judgment, usually means that the decision was rendered not on a conviction that it was right, but merely to facilitate further proceedings.
1) prep. Latin for "as a matter of form," the phrase refers to court rulings merely intended to facilitate the legal process (to move matters along). 2) n. an accountant's proposed financial statement for a business based on the assumption that certain events occurred, such as a 20% increase in annual sales or 6% inflation.
pro formaadjective as a matter of form, by course of conduct, by custom, by habit, by past practice, by trade and usage, by usage, ceremoniously, common, customary, for the sake of appearances, for the sake of form, formally, in due form, in set form, ritualistically, ritually, standard, usual
Associated concepts: pro forma decree, pro forma judggent, pro forma order