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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How to use scenario in a sentence
In all scenarios, oil demand peaks within the next decade, although the first two scenarios suggest the peak has already come.There’s growing consensus that oil demand won’t make a comeback | eamonbarrett | September 17, 2020 | Fortune
The doomsday scenario is that … 90 percent of the traffic that you’re now generating through an app on an iOS device is not trackable.Deep Dive: How the Summer of 2020 forced brand marketing to change for the better | jim cooper | September 14, 2020 | Digiday
To that end, we asked about a range of incentives and scenarios that might cause people to opt-in.Apple IDFA consent: Roughly 60% of consumers open to allowing tracking | Greg Sterling | September 11, 2020 | Search Engine Land
Best- and worst-case scenarios refer to the panel’s 90th and 10th percentile forecasts, respectively.Economists’ Best- And Worst-Case Scenarios For The Recovery Haven’t Changed Very Much | Neil Paine (email@example.com) | September 10, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Because, again, there are no perfect scenarios and there are also no perfect models of how to prevent outbreaks.Why Can’t Schools Get What the N.F.L. Has? (Ep. 431) | Stephen J. Dubner | September 10, 2020 | Freakonomics
The scenario in which you are proposed to in public is very different to the one done in private.
Making this scenario more complicated is the rivalry between al Qaeda and ISIS.A Gift to the Jihadis: The Unseen Airport Security Threat | Clive Irving | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He declared himself “satisfied with that scenario” noting that his campaign had a “better GOTV operation.”
In a best-case scenario they cover the mechanics of reproduction, STD awareness, and contraceptive use.The Next Frontier of Sex Ed: How Porn Twists Teens’ Brains | Aurora Snow | November 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even in a less-bad scenario, women might be objectified or used.Have Sperm, Will Travel: The ‘Natural Inseminators’ Helping Women Avoid the Sperm Bank | Elizabeth Picciuto | November 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
(Thoughtfully to himself) I wonder how a rough scenario would strike the managers.First Plays | A. A. Milne
He would not say anything very definite about it—he just didn't like the story—it had not come up to the promise of the scenario.
He wrote out a "scenario" of his projected novel, and sent this to his publisher, to see if he could get a contract in advance.
He made out a "scenario" of the rest of his new book, and sent it with the part he had already done to his friend Mr. Ardsley.
Ruth discovered that she could write a good scenario—a very good scenario, indeed.Ruth Fielding At College | Alice B. Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for scenario
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
- scenarist (ˈsiːnərɪst, sɪˈnɑː-), noun
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