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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Recent Examples on the Web

Evaluating potential advisers is a crucial step: Experts suggest asking potential advisers to run you through several possible scenarios. Kevin Mcallister, WSJ, "Sound Advice for Choosing a Financial Adviser," 17 Feb. 2019 The dominant climate-economic models used to generate scenarios showing how to hit the 2 degree target produce a few key common outcomes. David Roberts, Vox, "The case for “conditional optimism” on climate change," 29 Jan. 2019 The scenario that Victoria paints, in which Feodora appears at the palace seeking refuge, never took place. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Who Was Princess Feodora, Queen Victoria's Little-Known Half-Sister?," 20 Jan. 2019 Rich and powerful men across many different industries have taken advantage of girls and women by either promising or creating scenarios where professional advancement is a possibility. Morgan Jerkins, Teen Vogue, "R. Kelly and Other Powerful Men Have Always Manipulated Their Teen Fans," 9 Jan. 2019 The researchers included questions to weed out those who misunderstood the scenario. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "People adopt made-up social rules to be part of a group," 28 Dec. 2018 Expect a much more light-hearted experience than its predecessor, with lots of over-the-top weapons and scenarios. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 40 games we can’t wait to play in 2019," 26 Dec. 2018 Holmes and her colleagues have proposed an experiment involving two scenarios to test whether people might directly perceive a superposition of photons. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 The capture and impact scenarios are implausible for such a large moon, Kipping said. Mike Wall, Space.com, "First Exomoon Found? Neptune-Sized World Possibly Spotted Orbiting Alien Planet," 3 Oct. 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
formal : a written description of a play, movie, opera, etc.

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