Pro is a Latin root word meaning for. If you make a list of pros and cons, you are listing the reasons for doing something and the reasons not to, respectively.

Pro is also the shortened form of the word “professional,” often referring to professional sports. If your cousin plays college basketball — and he’s really good — he’ll have to decide if he is going to turn pro or finish college first. The shortened form isn’t always about sports, however. You might handle your little sister’s bicycle accident like a pro, cleaning her up, sticking bandages on her knees, and handing her a lollipop.

Definitions of pro
  1. noun

    an argument in favor of a proposal

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    an argument opposed to a proposal
    type of:

    argument, statement

    a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true

  2. adjective

    in favor of (an action or proposal etc.)

    pro vote”
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    not in favor of (an action or proposal etc.)

  3. adverb

    in favor of a proposition, opinion, etc.

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    in opposition to a proposition, opinion, etc.

  4. noun

    an athlete who plays for pay

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    an athlete who does not play for pay

    free agent

    (sports) a professional athlete who is free to sign a contract to play for any team
    semipro, semiprofessional

    an athlete who plays for pay on a part-time basis
    type of:

    athlete, jock

    a person trained to compete in sports

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