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
What would be the best-case scenario for Democrats?
Nor has the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) pushed for a solution or even included EMP in official planning scenarios.
Did the exam question describe a potentially triggering scenario?
Gill would be happy playing anywhere in the NBA, but there’s no maybe what his dream scenario would be.
The IvyWise scenario begins long before the college application process starts.
In the past, Kylie has suffered some other wardrobe issues including a Met Gala gown made her bleed and a classic ripped jeans scenario on a major red carpet that forced her to wear a denim jacket to cover it.
The disruption in this scenario is inside-industry baseball.
That’s about as plausible as the Toomey Medicaid scenario.
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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
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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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