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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
1875-1880
1875-80; < Italian < Latin scēnārium. See scene, -ary
Synonyms
3. scheme, plan, concept, sketch.
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British Dictionary definitions for scenarios

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 scenarios

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 scenarios

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+)

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

scenario

in film making, original idea for a film translated into a visually oriented text. The scenario plan gives the mood of each image and its relationship with the other shots in the sequence. The writer of the shooting script sets up each individual camera shot according to the camera directions that are given in the scenario.

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