scenario

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

Definition of scenario 

1a : an outline or synopsis of a play especially : a plot outline used by actors of the commedia dell'arte

b : the libretto of an opera

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

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Synonyms for scenario

Synonyms

screenplay, script

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Examples of scenario in a Sentence

A possible scenario would be that we move to the city. The most likely scenario is that he goes back to school in the fall. The best-case scenario would be for us to finish the work by tomorrow. In the worst-case scenario, we would have to start the project all over again.
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Which is precisely the nightmare scenario this year’s general classification contenders are hoping to avoid. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Biggest Booby-Trap at the Tour de France: Cobblestone Roads," 13 July 2018 At this point, that is probably the best-case scenario. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Still Pretending Fake North Korea Nuclear Deal Is Real," 12 July 2018 This is one scenario for hurricanes in a warmer world, a subject of fiendish complexity and considerable scientific research, as experts try to tease out the effects of climate change from the influences of natural climate cycles. David Fleshler, latimes.com, "The world has never seen a Category 6 hurricane. But the day may be coming," 7 July 2018 Whether runners decide to brave the heat or take their sport inside to a treadmill, lightweight fabrics and accessories are the best-case outfit scenario. Katie Devlin, Vogue, "The Best Clothes to Work Out (and Sweat) in All Summer," 5 July 2018 Thanks to the new rule, there is a plausible scenario where no one transfers before the season opener against Louisville. Andy Staples, SI.com, "New Redshirt Rule Adds Intriguing Potential Twist to Alabama's QB Competition," 3 July 2018 Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn said Sunday that a conventional exit through the mouth of the cave is the most likely scenario. Time, "A Youth Soccer Team Has Been Trapped in a Thai Cave for More Than a Week. Here's Why It's Taking So Long to Find Them," 2 July 2018 That's a replacement scenario Airbus sales teams are undoubtedly hoping to replicate among carriers now flying the approximately 1,200 older A330s already in service. Jeremy Dwyer-lindgren, USA TODAY, "TAP Portugal uses 'proving flights' to show off new Airbus A330neo," 24 June 2018 Last year’s Major League Baseball draft was pretty much the best-case scenario for Ernie De La Trinidad. Paul Johnson, Aurora Beacon-News, "Hometown hero: Drafted by Diamondbacks, Phoenix native Ernie De La Trinidad off to promising start with Cougars," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of scenario

1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for scenario

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

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scenario

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scenario

: a description of what could possibly happen

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

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