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’
    • ‘This at least saves me trying to comprehend how anybody could write such abysmal dialogue, characters, and plot scenarios.’
    • ‘He entered the film industry taking small-part roles and writing scenarios for the London Film Company.’
    • ‘It is in fact easy to imagine an adult film scenario based on Celanire's adventures.’
    • ‘The scenario is hardly novel, but, in the early stages at least, the telling satisfies.’
    • ‘I wonder if there are any viable scenarios left for a cross-dressing film?’
    • ‘I have also written scenarios and turned a camera - but my own ambition has always been to produce.’
    • ‘We engaged Joan as director, and my other sister wrote the scenario.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1998, Antonio Simon shot one of Luis Bunuel's old scenarios, La Novia de Medianoche.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While there is no off-the-shelf method for writing scenarios, we later provide some rules of thumb or guidelines for this activity.’
    • ‘The dilemma this raises can only be solved by a science-fiction scenario as daring as Shelley's in her novel.’
    • ‘The film shows different scenarios of bullying and how the victim turns to their mentor for support.’
    • ‘Elvidge also dismisses the nightmare scenarios of films such as The Terminator in which machines come to dominate their masters.’
    • ‘Maintaining a connection to the artificiality of cinema, Lewis hires actors and creates scenarios for all his films.’
    • ‘From the beginning, Edwards explored new territory in British cinema, particularly in films based on his own original scenarios.’
    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.’
      • ‘Analysts say three possible scenarios now exist for B.C. Reform.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The goal of the meeting was to try to predict the worst-case scenarios, and to make plans to deal with each.’
      • ‘Rather it postulates possible future scenarios without making any assessment of the likelihood that any one scenario will occur.’
      • ‘This is in agreement with a style of making decisions in regard to appraisals based on the worst case scenarios.’
      • ‘Although it is not known what went wrong in the latest case, there are a number of possible scenarios.’
      • ‘Arguably, only a masterful scholar could have convinced so many people to accept such an unlikely scenario.’
      • ‘This is far from being the case, with endless possible scenarios being played out in Washington.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This scenario postulates the emergence of an expansionist power with global reach.’
      • ‘There are also other possible contingent scenarios that may limit scalar switchability.’
      • ‘In any event, this scenario is simply not possible with this democracy and civil society will not accept it.’
      • ‘Discussions about new technology, drugs, health or the environment invariably focus on worst-case scenarios.’
      • ‘Even in the best case scenarios, foreign money would come when the Russian economy would be on her feet, but not before.’
      • ‘The three scenarios include a best-case situation, a middle-case and a doomsday scenario.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘People with paranoid disorders are often highly intelligent and can create complex scenarios about how and why they are being persecuted.’
      • ‘Whatever those undesirable outcomes, there will exist logical scenarios triggered by initiating events.’
      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’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Here, as in an interviewing scenario, two people are seated in a situation to be recorded.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Skills sets should provide a competitive edge to an individual in the global scenario.’
      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

/səˈnerēˌō/