Definition of scenario in English:

scenario

nounPlural scenarios

  • 1A written outline of a film, novel, or stage work giving details of the plot and individual scenes.

    ‘the scenarios for four short stories’
    • ‘It sounds like the opening line to a Jean-Pierre Melville scenario and the film has a similar starkness to it.’
    • ‘He had written a ballet scenario, and Peter Anastos was creating the choreography.’
    • ‘The acting in the films seems totally free and uninhibited, yet the scenarios are often quite strict.’
    • ‘Imagine being able to create scenarios instead of linear plot threads, world environments instead of single scenes.’
    • ‘The scenario is hardly novel, but, in the early stages at least, the telling satisfies.’
    • ‘Elvidge also dismisses the nightmare scenarios of films such as The Terminator in which machines come to dominate their masters.’
    • ‘What did you start filming with if you didn't have a finished scenario?’
    • ‘It is in fact easy to imagine an adult film scenario based on Celanire's adventures.’
    • ‘I wonder if there are any viable scenarios left for a cross-dressing film?’
    • ‘He entered the film industry taking small-part roles and writing scenarios for the London Film Company.’
    • ‘While there is no off-the-shelf method for writing scenarios, we later provide some rules of thumb or guidelines for this activity.’
    • ‘In 1998, Antonio Simon shot one of Luis Bunuel's old scenarios, La Novia de Medianoche.’
    • ‘From the beginning, Edwards explored new territory in British cinema, particularly in films based on his own original scenarios.’
    • ‘I have also written scenarios and turned a camera - but my own ambition has always been to produce.’
    • ‘The film shows different scenarios of bullying and how the victim turns to their mentor for support.’
    • ‘Maintaining a connection to the artificiality of cinema, Lewis hires actors and creates scenarios for all his films.’
    • ‘In the hands of a lesser writer, such a scenario might have smacked drearily of one of those worthy social docu-dramas.’
    • ‘We engaged Joan as director, and my other sister wrote the scenario.’
    • ‘This at least saves me trying to comprehend how anybody could write such abysmal dialogue, characters, and plot scenarios.’
    • ‘The dilemma this raises can only be solved by a science-fiction scenario as daring as Shelley's in her novel.’
    plot, outline, storyline, framework, structure, scheme, plan, layout
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    1. 1.1 A postulated sequence or development of events.
      ‘a possible scenario is that he was attacked after opening the front door’
      • ‘It is possible to discuss scenarios but foolish to make predictions.’
      • ‘This is in agreement with a style of making decisions in regard to appraisals based on the worst case scenarios.’
      • ‘SAS units are currently on standby in London in case such a scenario develops.’
      • ‘In the end, of course, it appears that the worst of all possible scenarios emerged.’
      • ‘Discussions about new technology, drugs, health or the environment invariably focus on worst-case scenarios.’
      • ‘In any event, this scenario is simply not possible with this democracy and civil society will not accept it.’
      • ‘This is far from being the case, with endless possible scenarios being played out in Washington.’
      • ‘While these risks are hard to quantify, it is clear that the mechanisms and resources needed to respond to worst case scenarios are not in place.’
      • ‘Analysts say three possible scenarios now exist for B.C. Reform.’
      • ‘The three scenarios include a best-case situation, a middle-case and a doomsday scenario.’
      • ‘There are also other possible contingent scenarios that may limit scalar switchability.’
      • ‘This scenario postulates the emergence of an expansionist power with global reach.’
      • ‘People with paranoid disorders are often highly intelligent and can create complex scenarios about how and why they are being persecuted.’
      • ‘They said a worst-case scenario could see it continue on even longer.’
      • ‘Although it is not known what went wrong in the latest case, there are a number of possible scenarios.’
      • ‘The next two years brought surveys predicting scary scenarios of doctor shortages.’
      • ‘The goal of the meeting was to try to predict the worst-case scenarios, and to make plans to deal with each.’
      • ‘Whatever those undesirable outcomes, there will exist logical scenarios triggered by initiating events.’
      • ‘Rather it postulates possible future scenarios without making any assessment of the likelihood that any one scenario will occur.’
      • ‘Worst case scenarios predict that hundreds of thousands of Balinese who depend on the tourism sector could lose their livelihood.’
      • ‘In worst case scenarios, he says that there will always be some way to get access to old data, though it may be costly.’
      • ‘Arguably, only a masterful scholar could have convinced so many people to accept such an unlikely scenario.’
      • ‘Even in the best case scenarios, foreign money would come when the Russian economy would be on her feet, but not before.’
      sequence of events, course of events, chain of events, series of developments, situation
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    2. 1.2 A setting, in particular for a work of art or literature.
      ‘the scenario is World War Two’
      • ‘The optical mouse is comfortable in most scenarios, but is not an ergonomic masterpiece.’
      • ‘Here, as in an interviewing scenario, two people are seated in a situation to be recorded.’
      • ‘But in the real life scenario, the predicted advantages of heparin coating don't seem to feature.’
      • ‘Skills sets should provide a competitive edge to an individual in the global scenario.’
      • ‘Monumental, even cosmic, this painting brings to mind Creation scenarios.’
      • ‘Basic science should be presented in the context of a clinical scenario to encourage integration of knowledge’
      • ‘It posits a near-future scenario in which society has crumbled due to some unexplained catastrophe.’
      • ‘His works typically relocated the language and scenarios of classical ballet into contemporary settings.’
      setting, background, context, scene, milieu
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Origin

Late 19th century: from Italian, from Latin scena ‘scene’.

Pronunciation

scenario

/sɪˈnɑːrɪəʊ/