[si-nair-ee-oh, -nahr-]
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.

1875–80; < Italian < Latin scēnārium. See scene, -ary

3. scheme, plan, concept, sketch. Unabridged
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scenario (sɪˈnɑːrɪˌəʊ)
n , 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
[C19: via Italian from Latin scēnārium, from scēna; see scene]

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Word Origin & History

1878, "sketch of the plot of a play," from It. scenario, from L.L. scenarius "of stage scenes," from L. scena "scene" (see scene). Meaning "imagined situation" is first recorded 1962.
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Example sentences
In severely impacted communities, one of two scenarios is likely to prevail.
Real grad students will recognize some of the scenarios.
Two scenarios for the relationships of early birds and their closest relatives
  among dinosaurs.
All scientific scenarios are subject to further revision.
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