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scenario

play
noun sce·nar·io \sə-ˈner-ē-ˌō, US also and especially British -ˈnär-\

Simple Definition of scenario

  • : a description of what could possibly happen

  • : a written description of a play, movie, opera, etc.

Full Definition of scenario

plural sce·nar·i·os

  1. 1a :  an outline or synopsis of a play; especially :  a plot outline used by actors of the commedia dell'arteb :  the libretto of an opera

  2. 2a :  screenplayb :  shooting script

  3. 3 :  a sequence of events especially when imagined; especially :  an account or synopsis of a possible course of action or events <his scenario for a settlement envisages…reunification — Selig Harrison>

Examples of scenario

  1. A possible scenario would be that we move to the city.

  2. The most likely scenario is that he goes back to school in the fall.

  3. The best-case scenario would be for us to finish the work by tomorrow.

  4. In the worst-case scenario, we would have to start the project all over again.



Origin of scenario

Italian, from Latin scaenarium place for erecting stages, from scaena stage


First Known Use: 1875

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