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 While Trump hewed to his rosy scenario, his administration undertook a concerted effort to solve problems related to the response. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Trump’s ‘Play It Down’ Debacle," 11 Sep. 2020 The company is on track to beat its best-case scenario for 2020 revenue, CEO James Loree said in an earnings call. Greg Ip And Angus Loten, WSJ, "Most Businesses Were Unprepared for Covid-19. Domino’s Delivered.," 4 Sep. 2020 Ives is willing to go even further: His bull-case-scenario sees Tesla popping over 40% higher from Monday's close. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "Tesla bulls dig in their hooves after company’s $5 billion capital raise," 1 Sep. 2020 Many offer portable toilets for those who need to use the restroom – which probably isn't your dream scenario. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "Movie theaters vs. drive-ins: What a drive-in theater does (or doesn't) offer," 25 Aug. 2020 Schner said the whole scenario of events was disappointing and also difficult to fathom. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Randalls closure, COVID woes shutter fair trade shop in The Woodlands," 25 Aug. 2020 The simplest scenario would be for broadcasters to refuse to pay — no content means no money. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "Without fall football, Big Ten schools are hurting financially. Could TV partners lend a hand?," 24 Aug. 2020 Now, imagine a scenario where, say, the Astros advance to a Division Series beginning at Oakland, and Tampa Bay wins its miniseries and goes on to play the Yankees in New York. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: MLB exploring postseason hubs as best way to prevent playoff bubble from bursting," 19 Aug. 2020 On the current roster The most likely scenario is the Cowboys replace McCoy with players already on the roster. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: Looking for Gerald McCoy’s replacement on Cowboys’ roster, in free agency and the trade market," 19 Aug. 2020

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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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19 Sep 2020

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“Scenario.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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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