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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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 That's not to say Heisserer and Bardugo don't have ideas as to how that scenario would play out. Nick Romano,, "Into the Grishaverse: A beginner's guide to Netflix's Shadow and Bone," 14 Apr. 2021 Whatever the scenario for the second round, Peru’s future president faces a deeply fragmented political landscape in the country’s unicameral Congress, which also was elected Sunday. Washington Post, "Two Andean elections reflect an age of global discontent," 13 Apr. 2021 Emily Ehman, a volleyball analyst for the Big Ten Network, said that scenario could aid UMBC. Edward Lee,, "‘We’re an upset school’: UMBC volleyball seeking to pull off NCAA tournament shocker against Pepperdine," 13 Apr. 2021 In the rosiest scenario, the European Union could get up to 360 million doses by June. New York Times, "another blow to Europe’s inoculation push," 13 Apr. 2021 But because that would only create a match if her husband had specific Y-chromosome characteristics, the team deemed that scenario less likely. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Was This Mummified 17th-Century Bishop Buried With a Fetus?," 13 Apr. 2021 Starting from real world data captured by test vehicles, the sensor signals could be manipulated by changing the lighting, weather or adding other road users to the scenario. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, "Nvidia Launches 1,000 TOPS Automated Driving Chip, Volvo To Launch Orin-Powered System In 2022," 12 Apr. 2021 That scenario could have, to a large extent, been avoided. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Robert Gehrke: The Legislature can declare an end to COVID, but hundreds of thousands of our neighbors have long weeks ahead," 10 Apr. 2021 Probably but that’s the only scenario that would prompt a move down. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "Calvin Watkins’ 2021 NFL mock draft 2.0: See which cornerback the Dallas Cowboys take at No. 10," 9 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of scenario was in 1768

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17 Apr 2021

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“Scenario.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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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