Definition of scenario in English:

scenario

noun

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

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

Strictly, a scenario is ‘an outline of a plot’ or ‘a postulated sequence of events’: the worst-case scenario. It is often used loosely to mean ‘situation,’ as in a nightmare scenario, but this should be avoided in careful writing

Origin

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

Pronunciation

scenario

/səˈnɛriˌoʊ//səˈnerēˌō/