worst-case

[wurst-keys]

adjective

of the worst possibility; being the worst result that could be expected under the circumstances: a worst-case scenario.

Nearby words

  1. worshipful,
  2. worshipper,
  3. worssett,
  4. worst,
  5. worst case,
  6. worsted,
  7. wort,
  8. worth,
  9. worth one's salt,
  10. worth one's weight in gold

Compare best-case.

Origin of worst-case

First recorded in 1960–65

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British Dictionary definitions for worst case

worst case

noun

  1. a situation in which the most unfavourable conditions prevail
  2. (as modifier)a worst-case projection of a massive accident
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