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on a pro rata basis
▪ Fees are calculated on a pro rata basis.
pro bono
pro forma invoice
pro forma
▪ pro forma approval
pro rata
▪ Fees are calculated on a pro rata basis.
pro tem
▪ the president pro tem of the Senate
quid pro quo
▪ There’s a quid pro quo for everything in politics – you’ll soon learn that.
weighing up the pros and cons (=the advantages and disadvantages)
▪ We’re still weighing up the pros and cons of the two options.
▪ As one would expect of two old pros with an insatiable appetite for the game, we hardly stopped talking about football.
▪ By the end of 1964, Alvin and his dancers were old pros at the exhausting business of touring.
▪ The public -- from upstarts to old pros -- is welcome to join this latest Friends social event.
▪ You are the coach of the local pro basketball team, a unit that calls itself the Boston Celtics.
▪ Then he opened a movie house and said he was definitely done with pro basketball.
▪ She turned so fast it was like a move out of a pro basketball game.
▪ His first four seasons in pro football, with the Cincinnati Bengals, had been a wash.
▪ War, like pro football, is a different game these days.
▪ Zurich Robinson, a black pro football quarterback accused of sexually assaulting a female sportscaster.
▪ This is how the state of Maryland will fund the pro football stadium in Baltimore.
▪ The people of Tampa are going to build a new stadium for their perennially-dismal pro football team.
▪ The status of the golf pro was elevated from serfdom to secular divinity in 20 years.
▪ Seasoned golf pros have learned to adjust for abnormal strength when they are charged up.
▪ Which is why the majority of golf pros insist on GORE-TEX fabric.
▪ Something the wife of a golf pro would wear to a barbecue celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary.
▪ How often we vacillate back and forth, pro and conning things to death.
▪ Some have wide spools which make for longer casting. Consider all the pros and cons and choose accordingly.
▪ I can't decide for you, but don't ignore the questions; consider the pros and cons and then decide.
▪ Drugs are one option, and you should discuss the pros and cons of these with your doctor.
▪ Again, two subgroups were formed to meet and discuss the pros and cons of the various structural alternatives.
▪ In the text, we discuss the pros and cons of the Tiebout principle itself.
▪ At first he assumed that he had dreamed of discussing the pros and cons of murdering Ivor Newley with Dougal.
▪ The focus of the drama shifts to discovering the dangers, and weighing up pros and cons of using the magic carpet.
▪ Perhaps, although we carefully weighed the pros and cons.
▪ In calmer times I try to analyse, weighing up the pros and cons.
▪ But it is a matter of realistically weighing up the pros and cons.
▪ Before initiating an incident, you weighed up the pros and cons of the costs in time.
▪ During the past few months, we have again weighed upthe pros and cons of reapplying now, or waiting for the time being.
▪ It could only be left to each Group Organiser to weigh up the pros and cons of the situation.
▪ If necessary use the decision-making exercise to weigh up the pros and cons of closely competing options as described previously.
▪ a golf pro
▪ If there's a fish down there he'll catch it - he's a old pro.
▪ My accountant knows his stuff - he's a real pro.
▪ A pro teaches two sessions a day.
▪ Besides, I was one of the pros.
▪ During the past few months, we have again weighed upthe pros and cons of reapplying now, or waiting for the time being.
▪ For the Sunday the pros would be on their own, battling it out for the first prize of £500,000.
▪ So even two-player matches are like watching two top pros playing, albeit without the glorious sight of their beer bellies!
▪ The focus of the drama shifts to discovering the dangers, and weighing up pros and cons of using the magic carpet.
pro wrestling
▪ a pro basketball player
▪ Has he signed up one of the most formidable Arabs to ride for his expanding pro team?
▪ McMullen has had six fights in his pro career, winning four, losing one and drawing one.
▪ They have also given the lesser players their chance to see if pro golf is for them.
▪ They were meant to be a pro group while we were just starting out.
▪ Those problems aside, Acousticubes might prove to be good, quality nerve-centres for a touring, pro musician's setup.
▪ The party claims to be very pro family.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pro \Pro\, prep. [L.; akin to prae before, Gr. ?, and E. for. See For, prep., and cf. Prior, a.] A Latin preposition signifying for, before, forth.

Pro confesso [L.] (Law), taken as confessed. The action of a court of equity on that portion of the pleading in a particular case which the pleading on the other side does not deny.

Pro rata. [L. See Prorate.] In proportion; proportion.

Pro re nata [L.] (Law), for the existing occasion; as matters are.


Pro \Pro\, adv. For, on, or in behalf of, the affirmative side; -- in contrast with con.

Pro and con, for and against, on the affirmative and on the negative side; as, they debated the question pro and con; -- formerly used also as a verb.

Pros and cons, the arguments or reasons on either side.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1866, shortening of professional (n.). The adjective is first recorded 1915 (in golfing's pro shop).


"a consideration or argument in favor," c.1400, from Latin pro (see pro-). Pro and con is attested from c.1400, short for pro and contra "for and against" (Latin pro et contra).


Etymology 1 n. An advantage of something, especially when contrasted with its disadvantages (''cons''). prep. In favor of. Etymology 2

n. 1 a professional sportsman 2 (context colloquial English) professional Etymology 3

n. A prostitute.

  1. n. an athlete who plays for pay [syn: professional] [ant: amateur]

  2. an argument in favor of a proposal [ant: con]


adj. in favor of (an action or proposal etc.); "a pro vote" [ant: anti]


adv. on the affirmative side [ant: con]


PRO or Pro may refer to:

PRO (category theory)

In category theory, a PRO is a strict monoidal category whose objects are the natural numbers (including zero), and whose tensor product is given on objects by the addition on numbers.

Some examples of PROs:

  • the discrete category N of natural numbers,
  • the category FinSet of natural numbers and functions between them,
  • the category Bij of natural numbers and bijections,
  • the category '''Bij '''of natural numbers, equipped with the braid group ''B ''as the automorphisms of each ''n ''(and no other morphisms).
  • the category Inj of natural numbers and injections,
  • the simplex category Δ of natural numbers and monotonic functions.

The name PRO is an abbreviation of "PROduct category". PROBs and PROPs are defined similarly with the additional requirement for the category to be braided, and to have a symmetry (that is, a permutation), respectively. All of the examples above are PROPs, except for the simplex category and Bij; the latter is a '''PROB '''but not a PROP, and the former is not even a PROB.

PRO (linguistics)

In generative linguistics, PRO (called "big PRO", distinct from pro, "small pro" or " little pro") is a pronominal determiner phrase (DP) without phonological content. As such, it is part of the set of empty categories. The null pronoun PRO is postulated in the subject position of non-finite clauses. One property of PRO is that, when it occurs in a non-finite complement clause, it can be bound by the main clause subject ("subject control") or the main clause object ("object control"). The presence of PRO in non-finite clauses lacking overt subjects allows a principled solution for problems relating to Binding Theory.

Within Government and Binding theory, the existence and distribution of PRO followed from the PRO Theorem, which states that PRO may not be governed. More recent analyses have abandoned the PRO Theorem. Instead, PRO is taken to be in complementary distribution with overt subjects because it is the only item that is able to carry null case which is checked for by non-finite Tense Markers (T), for example the English to in control infinitives.

Usage examples of "pro".

Nam de equitibus hostium, quin nemo eorum progredi modo extra agmen audeat, et ipsos quidem non debere dubitare, et quo maiore faciant animo, copias se omnes pro castris habiturum et terrori hostibus futurum.

The project Gutenberg EBook of Apologia pro Vita Sua, by John Henry Newman This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.

This undergraduate certainty of success gives rise to anxieties, foremost being the autobiography or apologia pro vita sua the poet someday has to write.

Count Dracula was a fourteen-year-old stallion and one of the top buckers on the pro circuit.

I was nothing more than a prize chump being set up for the big finale by a couple of pros, I still wanted to believe it.

His erat inter se de principatu contentio, et in illa magistratuum controversia alter pro Convictolitavi, alter pro Coto summis opibus pugnaverant.

After lengthy weighing of the pros and cons, during which he became painfully aware that his seat of jurisdiction had been badly bruised beneath that confounded bell-pull, the jury at last managed to agree upon one point, that the corpse in question was the remains of one Gabriel Creach which everyone had known in the beginning.

Her opponent had placed a wicked spin on the ball with the perfection of a seasoned pro, draining its inertia and forcing Desai to scramble in a desperate attempt to reach it before its second bounce.

The Democrats had succeeded in electing their President pro tempore, whom the Republicans could not displace, and there was left before the body a struggle for the organization of the Senate, including the executive officers and the Committees, in which no progress could be made without Mr.

There were two 1400w pro foggers sitting at the edge of the set, a heavy orange, one-hundred-and-fifty-foot extension cord curled up beside each of them.

Prefect for the Sacra Congregatio pro Gentium Evangelizatione se de propaganda Fide -- the legendary Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, or De propaganda Fide.

Cyrus Harding explained these things to his companions, and, without exaggerating the state of things, he told them all the pros and cons.

Toto hoc in genere pugnae, cum sub oculis omnium ac pro castris dimicaretur, intellectum est nostros propter gravitatem armorum, quod neque insequi cedentes possent neque ab signis discedere auderent, minus aptos esse ad huius generis hostem, equites autem magno cum periculo proelio dimicare, propterea quod illi etiam consulto plerumque cederent et, cum paulum ab legionibus nostros removissent, ex essedis desilirent et pedibus dispari proelio contenderent.

Wednesday at hockey practice he let Kira dole out hot chocolate without asking her to put on skates, which left her free to sing Zane to sleep, which left Travis free to skate like a pro.

Omne ignotum pro magnifico, and during its month of anonymity the book was a frequent topic of appreciative comment in good literary circles.