- according to form; as a matter of form; for the sake of form.
- Commerce. provided in advance of shipment and merely showing the description and quantity of goods shipped without terms of payment: a pro forma invoice.
- Accounting. indicating hypothetical financial figures based on previous business operations for estimate purposes: a pro forma balance sheet.
"The De Longs' meeting with President Hayes was largely a pro forma affair. 'He knew nothing about Arctic exploration,' Emma said, 'and was only doing his duty in having us.'"
- Hampton Sides: In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette