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.
Recent Examples on the Web On Saturn, a video from BBC Earth describes a scenario where soot clouds, deep in the planet, reach such a point of pressure that the chunks of soot turn to diamonds. Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 13 Aug. 2022 In one scenario modeled by Rhodium Group, power-sector emissions reductions account for as much as three-quarters of the bill’s emissions impact. Phred Dvorak, WSJ, 13 Aug. 2022 Many wondered if the Mac Mini would follow the MacBook Pro with its own M1 Pro version - a scenario that has yet to happen. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 Passenger advocates like Breyault question the ability of such studies to accurately gauge what would happen in a real-life scenario. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug. 2022 Making this best-case scenario work also requires a few other components. Wired, 11 Aug. 2022 The SportSource Analytics team rating score metric and coin toss follow in a multi-team scenario as well. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 11 Aug. 2022 Arturo López-Levy, a politics and international relations professor at Holy Names University in California, said the fire will complicate an already difficult scenario in Cuba. Andrea RodrÍguez, ajc, 10 Aug. 2022 Whether audiences are impatient with this scenario or, conversely, find comfort in it, the film explores the stagnancy experienced by these characters with sensitivity. Dini Adanurani, Variety, 9 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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15 Aug 2022

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“Scenario.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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