scenario

noun
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

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

Many of us eat based on scenario, not hunger levels. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "What You Should Know About the 16:8 Diet Before You Start Fasting," 3 May 2019 Thankfully, some 500 firefighters—and even one priest—worked to prevent that worst-case scenario, and much of the structure remains standing. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "What Was Lost in the Notre-Dame Fire," 16 Apr. 2019 Instead of that worst-case scenario, Luck's wallet was returned to him by a complete stranger. Andrew Hussey, Indianapolis Star, "Stranger returns Andrew Luck's lost wallet — intact," 6 July 2018 Sometimes, in best-case scenarios for employees, unions can help avoid layoffs altogether by negotiating organizational restructuring or voluntary buyouts instead. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "As digital media companies brace for change, unions try to cushion the blow," 26 Dec. 2018 The entire scenario got even more entertaining thanks to the Taylors’ mysterious neighbor, Wilson (Earl Hindman). Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Home Improvement' Is Available to Stream So Cancel Your Plans ASAP," 6 Apr. 2019 Bondage From impromptu tools, like neckties à la Christian Grey, to more intense bondage scenarios involving rope, cuffs, or under-the-bed restraints, the thought of being restrained (or restraining someone else) is incredibly hot to many folks. Kate Sloan, Glamour, "25 Sex Fantasies Women Have That Are Totally Normal," 6 Apr. 2019 However, most scientists see such an idyllic scenario as unlikely. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Has Fundamentally Weakened The Great Barrier Reef," 4 Apr. 2019 Such a scenario hasn’t played out yet, but SpaceX was able to fly a single Falcon 9 Block 5 up to three times this year — the first time that’s ever happened. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: SpaceX," 29 Dec. 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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