Definition of scenario
1a : an outline or synopsis of a play; especially : a plot outline used by actors of the commedia dell'arteb : 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
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.
Recent Examples of scenario from the Web
The IvyWise scenario begins long before the college application process starts.
The disruption in this scenario is inside-industry baseball.
That’s about as plausible as the Toomey Medicaid scenario.
Howard will also have to deal with a bruised cast and crew who worked with Lord and Miller for several months and are now in the midst of a truly unprecedented scenario, waiting around for the film to resume shooting on July 10.
What this scenario highlights is, first of all, the heightened uncertainty surrounding Brexit.
Lilo & Stitch showed social services in action and portrayed a strikingly realistic scenario.
In one scenario, a Perry-class frigate could be paired with a Burke-class destroyer, using ship-to-ship datalinks to allow the destroyer to launch the frigate's missiles.
With Jarrett eligible for the NFL Draft after this season and White finishing his fourth year on the Plains, there's a scenario where Auburn can enter 2018 with just one of its current scholarship quarterbacks still on the roster.
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Origin and Etymology of scenario
Italian, from Latin scaenarium place for erecting stages, from scaena stage
First Known Use: 1768See Words from the same year
SCENARIO Defined for English Language Learners
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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