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(of a projected development) characterized by the worst of the possible foreseeable circumstances.
‘in the worst-case scenario, coastal resorts and communities face disaster’
‘The film depicts a worst-case scenario, where the shift is so sudden that most of the northern hemisphere is covered by ice within a couple of weeks.’
‘For some companies the worst-case scenario may be to stay the same - no growth.’
‘So far, not one of these worst-case scenarios has come to pass.’
‘How can you seriously call yourself a safety regulator if you haven't even looked at your worst-case scenario?’
‘Naturally, one can be overly pessimistic in assessing worst-case scenarios.’
‘The worst-case scenario for an employer would be for the whole 13 weeks of unpaid leave to be taken in short bursts at short notice.’
‘In the worst-case scenario, the antagonism will get out of control and will paralyze the party.’
‘The authorities now react to alleged threats with the worst-case outcome in mind, rather than taking a sober assessment of a situation.’
‘Discussions about new technology, drugs, health or the environment invariably focus on worst-case scenarios.’
‘Chilling as these figures are, they are worst-case scenarios.’
‘Now we know the worst-case scenario, which is that she is in prison for five months.’
‘In the worst-case scenario, ministers are preparing for mass evacuations of healthy people from cities.’
‘Watch what happens to your energy when you choose not to engage in these worst-case scenario projections.’
‘Davleyev said a worst-case scenario would be if one or two major facilities were infected by the end of the year.’
‘But it looks to me like the planners made the mistake of planning for the worst-case scenario.’
‘Engineers tend to operate under worst-case scenarios, comparing the cost of building defences with likely damage.’
‘He can only do the responsible thing in the face of uncertainty: assume a worst-case scenario.’
‘At its height the rioting far surpassed any worst-case scenario that senior police officers had been planning for since the middle of June.’
‘He says many predictions are based entirely on worst-case scenarios, and don't provide a balanced view.’
‘She should have asked for a worst-case scenario, as well as a best-case scenario.’