scenario

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

Definition of scenario

plural scenarios
1 a :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

Examples of scenario in a Sentence

  1. A possible scenario would be that we move to the city.

  2. The most likely scenario is that he goes back to school in the fall.

  3. The best-case scenario would be for us to finish the work by tomorrow.

  4. In the worst-case scenario, we would have to start the project all over again.

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Origin and Etymology of scenario

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

scenario Synonyms

Synonyms
screenplay, script
Related Words
shooting script; story, text

Other Performing Arts Terms


SCENARIO Defined for English Language Learners

scenario

noun

Definition of scenario for English Language Learners

  • : a description of what could possibly happen

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



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