- 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.
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Examples from the Web for scenarios
Another client, a professor at Georgetown University, submitted requests for scenarios that she had yet to even imagine.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
So there are scenarios by which an Obama nominee can succeed.The Coming Battle for a New SecDef
November 25, 2014
While scenarios where the party takes seven seats are a lot easier to map, there is still a chance for the Democrats to hold on.If GOP Loses Next Week, Cue the Crack Up
October 29, 2014
Here are three other scenarios—and how the right wing would have reacted… with outrage.Obama, the Coffee Salute, and the Dementia on the Right
September 25, 2014
"We'll evaluate our position only after hearing these scenarios," he told the Hurriyet Daily News.Arab Kings vs. ISIS Barbarians
September 23, 2014
Eagerly she began to examine the scenarios submitted to Mr. Hammond.Ruth Fielding Down East
Alice B. Emerson
He had a habit of falling in love with women more ardently than with scenarios.We Can't Have Everything
Of Tessie Kearns and her scenarios, not yet prized as they were sure to be later.Merton of the Movies
Harry Leon Wilson
They will be written by the most famous writers of scenarios.Ruth Fielding in Moving Pictures
The truth is that they never suspected their origin in the Italian "Scenarios."A History of Pantomime
R. J. Broadbent
- 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 scenarios
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.