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scenario

[si-nair-ee-oh, -nahr-] /sɪˈnɛər iˌoʊ, -ˈnɑr-/
noun, plural scenarios.
1.
an outline of the plot of a dramatic work, giving particulars as to the scenes, characters, situations, etc.
2.
the outline or the manuscript of a motion picture or television program, giving the action in the order in which it takes place, the description of scenes and characters, etc.
3.
an imagined or projected sequence of events, especially any of several detailed plans or possibilities:
One scenario calls for doubling profits by increasing our advertising, the other by reducing costs.
Origin of scenario
1875-1880
1875-80; < Italian < Latin scēnārium. See scene, -ary
Synonyms
3. scheme, plan, concept, sketch.
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  • In the second, the social tragedy Les Aubes, the scenario is the present time.

    mile Verhaeren Stefan Zweig
  • And on the way up towards the park I gets the scenario of the acts I'd missed.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • By what scenario method the following film or series of films is to be produced I will not venture to say.

  • I think we can make use of it, though it wasn't in the scenario.

  • Because I must see what sort of scenario Mr. Hammond finds—if he finds any—in this contest.

    Ruth Fielding Down East Alice B. Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for scenario

scenario

/sɪˈnɑːrɪˌəʊ/
noun (pl) -narios
1.
a summary of the plot of a play, etc, including information about its characters, scenes, etc
2.
a predicted sequence of events: let's try another scenario, involving the demise of democracy
Derived Forms
scenarist (ˈsiːnərɪst; sɪˈnɑː-) noun
Word Origin
C19: via Italian from Latin scēnārium, from scēna; see scene
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Word Origin and History for scenario
n.

1868, "sketch of the plot of a play," from Italian scenario, from Late Latin scenarius "of stage scenes," from Latin scena "scene" (see scene). Meaning "imagined situation" is first recorded 1960, in reference to hypothetical nuclear wars.

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Slang definitions & phrases for scenario

scenario

noun

A reasoned or imagined pattern of events in the future; a possible plan: According to one scenario we only kill 87 percent of the population (1962+)

Related Terms

worst-case scenario

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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