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sɪˈnɛər iˌoʊ, -ˈnɑr-sce·nari·o

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scenarionoun

    an outline or synopsis of a play (or, by extension, of a literary work)

  2. scenarionoun

    a setting for a work of art or literature

    "the scenario is France during the Reign of Terror"

  3. scenarionoun

    a postulated sequence of possible events

    "planners developed several scenarios in case of an attack"


  1. scenarionoun

    An outline of the plot of a dramatic or literary work.

    Etymology: An word (a derivation of scena), from scaena. See scene.

  2. scenarionoun

    A screenplay itself, or an outline or a treatment of it.

    Etymology: An word (a derivation of scena), from scaena. See scene.

  3. scenarionoun

    An outline or model of an expected or supposed sequence of events.

    Etymology: An word (a derivation of scena), from scaena. See scene.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scenarionoun

    a preliminary sketch of the plot, or main incidents, of an opera

    Etymology: [It.]


  1. Scenario

    A scenario is a synoptical collage of an event or series of actions and events. In the Commedia dell'arte it was an outline of entrances, exits, and action describing the plot of a play that was literally pinned to the back of the scenery. It is also known as canovaccio or "that which is pinned to the canvas" of which the scenery was constructed. Surviving scenarios from the Renaissance contain little other than character names, brief descriptions of action, and references to specific lazzi with no further explanation. It is believed that a scenario forms the basis of a fully improvisational performance though it is also likely that they were simple reminders of the plot for those members of the cast who were literate. Modern commedia troupes most often make use of a script with varying degrees of additional improvisation. In the creation of an opera or ballet, a scenario is often developed initially to indicate how the original source, if any, is to be adapted and to summarize the aspects of character, staging, plot, etc. that can be expanded later in a fully developed libretto, or script. This sketch can be helpful in "pitching" the idea to a prospective producer, director or composer.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'scenario' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4407

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scenario in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scenario in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of scenario in a Sentence

  1. Russian President Vladimir Putin:

    I think that such an apocalyptic scenario is unlikely and I hope this will never happen.

  2. Joe Mallen:

    Inflation might be creeping up but we're nowhere near the doomsday scenario of it getting out of control, still, with inflation ticking up a bit and the economy not screaming recession, The Fed should sit back. It can wait and see. There's no need to stimulate the economy or tighten rates.

  3. Brian Kyle:

    The best-case scenario is our forecast is going to be a bust and we'll get much needed rainfall, the worst that could happen is that travel is impacted, intermittent power outages and any time you have substantial rain in a large metro area, the concrete ground doesn't absorb water and that results in flooding.

  4. Kristina Hooper:

    The question becomes how long are the legs for cyclicals. I do think they’re long enough to last for the rest of 2021, in my base-case scenario, this is going to be a risk-on environment.

  5. Donald Tusk:

    What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger, i want to reassure everyone that we are prepared also for this negative scenario.

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