- 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
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Examples from the Web for scenario
The scenario in which you are proposed to in public is very different to the one done in private.Public Marriage Proposals Must Die
December 28, 2014
Making this scenario more complicated is the rivalry between al Qaeda and ISIS.A Gift to the Jihadis: The Unseen Airport Security Threat
December 27, 2014
He declared himself “satisfied with that scenario” noting that his campaign had a “better GOTV operation.”Last Hurrah for Iconic Louisiana Politician
December 6, 2014
In that kind of scenario, they will over-quarantine people.Are Mandatory Ebola Quarantines Legal?
October 28, 2014
During a dramatic late surge, there was a moment when separation looked a likely scenario.Scotland Says Resounding ‘No’ to Independence
September 19, 2014
Tell me, now: Do you think you could assist me upon occasion in the preparation of a scenario?Scaramouche
And on the way up towards the park I gets the scenario of the acts I'd missed.Shorty McCabe
"I'll have to think up some sort of a scenario to go with it," the manager said.The Moving Picture Girls at Rocky Ranch
Laura Lee Hope
I think we can make use of it, though it wasn't in the scenario.The Moving Picture Girls Snowbound
Laura Lee Hope
I have only written in order that I may get the scenario—which had begun to haunt me—off my chest.Once a Week
Alan Alexander Milne
- a summary of the plot of a play, etc, including information about its characters, scenes, etc
- a predicted sequence of eventslet's try another scenario, involving the demise of democracy
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.