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scenario noun

ADJ. future, likely, possible The more likely scenario is that the president will resign and an election will be held. | unlikely | optimistic | doomsday, nightmare, pessimistic, worst, worst-case | dramatic | alternative

VERB + SCENARIO consider, construct, imagine | describe, paint the scenario painted by some sections of the Western press | enact, play out He enjoyed playing out the various scenarios in his own mind.

SCENARIO + VERB unfold

PREP. in a/the ~ In a worst-case scenario, the disease will reach epidemic proportions. | under a/the ~ Under any of these scenarios, the company will run into debt.