sce·​nar·​io | \ sə-ˈner-ē-ˌō How to pronounce scenario (audio) , 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


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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This involved testing scenarios such as falls from different heights, and single and double blows from rocks and bats. Fox News, "33,000-year-old cold-case solved: New evidence reveals violent death," 6 July 2019 All sorts of dreaded scenarios enter your mind, but the sight of Krukow — the amiable, generous host, wielding his trusty cane — brought home a far broader picture. Bruce Jenkins,, "Giants announcer Mike Krukow leans on his service dog, Patriot, for support," 5 July 2019 Partnerships Automakers are collaborating to prevent these types of scenarios from happening. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Here's how hackers are making your Tesla, GM and Chrysler less vulnerable to attack," 5 July 2019 Another scenario could involve selling some units as condominiums, Simon said. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Planned downtown high-rise mixing high-rent apartments with affordable units wins city zoning endorsement," 2 July 2019 For one Australian grandpa, the scenario was made even worse by the fact that his beloved pet rainbow lorikeet, Dolly, was taken along with the vehicle. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Grandpa and His Pet Rainbow Bird 'Dolly' Reunite After She Was Stolen Along With His Car," 1 July 2019 Some, like Beth Hillel-Beth El, have run active shooter scenarios during services. Ben Sales,, "Synagogues are now conducting active shooter drills during services," 1 July 2019 In a perfect world, both players would wind up in Phoenix, but that scenario would also likely require the Suns find a trade partner to take on Tyler Johnson and the $19.2 million on his contract to create the necessary cap space. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "How the Phoenix Suns could land D'Angelo Russell — and Kelly Oubre Jr.," 29 June 2019 Two scenarios prepared for commissioners assume a budget with a stand-pat tax rate of about $5.12 for each $1,000 of taxable value. Jerry Fallstrom,, "Delay in $7.8M FEMA reimbursement throws hitch into Lake County budget planning," 28 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of scenario

: a description of what could possibly happen
formal : a written description of a play, movie, opera, etc.

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