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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Trump has long questioned the findings of intelligence agencies, suggesting alternate scenarios for who might have carried out the hacking campaigns. BostonGlobe.com, "12 Russian agents indicted in Mueller inquiry," 14 July 2018 One scenario proposes building additions at all overcrowded schools. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Firm presents 7 scenarios to address Balto. Co. high school overcrowding; all include new Towson High," 13 July 2018 And varying the scenarios in the stress test, that’s a tool that can be used. WSJ, "Transcript: WSJ Interview With Cleveland Fed’s Loretta Mester," 13 July 2018 Since the game moved to the finale in 2014, Kentucky has faced that scenario twice and failed to beat Louisville for its sixth win both times. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "How Kentucky football can win (or lose) against Louisville in 2018," 13 July 2018 The money taken from the HIV/AIDS program would reportedly be used by the ORR for possible scenarios where up to 25,400 more children are detained by the end of 2018, according to Slate. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Trump Could Reportedly Detain More Immigrant Children at the Expense of HIV/AIDS Care," 11 July 2018 Maureen Dowd acidly contributes to the dark scenario about social media addiction with her frightening and depressingly serious suggestion that the President of the United States is addicted to Twitter. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Tech's Leaders Should Heed Employee Outrage With Prudent Response," 9 July 2018 These scenarios open infants up to disease and malnutrition, advocates say. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "US puts fierce squeeze on breastfeeding policy, shocking health officials," 9 July 2018 Some reimagined Jay and his jet ski in new scenarios. Cady Lang, Time, "Jay Z on a Jet Ski Is the Meme We All Deserve This Summer," 9 July 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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