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[si-nair-ee-oh, -nahr-] /sɪˈnɛər iˌoʊ, -ˈnɑr-/
noun, plural scenarios.
an outline of the plot of a dramatic work, giving particulars as to the scenes, characters, situations, etc.
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.
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
1875-80; < Italian < Latin scēnārium. See scene, -ary
3. scheme, plan, concept, sketch. Unabridged
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  • In the shallow scenario, the jets result from thunderstorms and other sun-driven events on the visible surface of the gas giant.
  • Now there is a master scenario available to everyone.
  • The problem with such a scenario is that the two species are not found at the same stratigraphic level.
  • No scenario makes private ownership of wild animals reasonable or fair.
  • Two younger players could factor into the scenario this year.
  • Lastly, please don't focus solely on the examples in each scenario.
  • Please consider the actual scenario before making sweeping generalizations.
  • If you have been around academic environments for any length of time, you know the scenario.
  • That's how the scenario would have played out there.
  • Thus the common scenario of a president's exit as, essentially, an unplanned event.
British Dictionary definitions for scenario


noun (pl) -narios
a summary of the plot of a play, etc, including information about its characters, scenes, etc
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

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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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+)

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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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