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1. Most broadly, an outline of a possible sequence of events. 2. A brief written outline of a screenplay, or the screenplay itself. ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015

... [ sin- ar -i-oh ] A brief outline of the plot , characters, and scene-changes of a play; or the script of a film. In the cinematic sense, a scenario is usually more detailed, whereas the theatrical scenarios of the commedia dell’ arte were ‘skeleton’ summaries used as the basis for improvisations. A writer of scenarios, usually for the cinema, is sometimes called a scenarist...

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A Dictionary of Energy Science

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Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Science and technology, Engineering and Technology, Environmental Science
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122 words
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...scenario (climate) A projection of the growth in total amount ( emissions scenario ) or concentration (concentration scenario) of anthropogenic greenhouse gases emitted conditional on certain assumptions about factors affecting their emission. These can include the population, economic activity, lifestyle, land use, technology, and climate policy over the period of the projection. A baseline scenario (or business as usual ) is one in which there are no efforts made to limit emissions, and these predict that the rise in the global mean surface temperature...

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The Oxford Companion to Music

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Music
Length:
31 words

...scenario . An outline libretto of a play or opera, which indicates the characters, the number of scenes, the places where the chief dramatic and musical climaxes will occur, and so...

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A Dictionary of Economics (5 ed.)

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Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Social sciences, Economics
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69 words

...scenario A set of assumptions on policy choices and the values of exogenous variables that will be used to determine the future developments of an economy. The assumptions, for example about government tax and spending policies, can be varied to produce alternative scenarios. The construction of alternative scenarios is employed to consider the effects of different policies and the robustness of conclusions to alternative values of exogenous...

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A Dictionary of Media and Communication (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2020
Subject:
Media studies
Length:
42 words

... 1. Most broadly, an outline of a possible sequence of events . 2. A brief written outline of a screenplay , or the screenplay itself. 3. (schema theory) A synonym for a mental script ( see also stock situations ). ...

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
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194 words

... One of the terms used by Italian * commedia dell'arte actors for the plot summary which they used instead of a written script: other words were soggetto and canovaccio . The great majority of documents which have survived are in unpublished manuscripts, since a company wished to retain control of its material. Just one practitioner, Flaminio Scala, chose to publish a collection of 50 scenari ( 1611 ). A scenario was a scene-by-scene account of the essential events or business which needed to take place between *characters to advance the plot. Each...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
140 words

... , skeleton plot of the commedia dell'arte play, the term replacing some time in the early 18th century the older word soggetto . These are not such synopses as might be drawn up by an author for his written drama, nor are they identical with the Elizabethan platt ; they were theatrical documents prepared for the use of a professional company by its leader, or by an enthusiastic amateur admirer of the commedia dell'arte style, and consisted of a scene-by-scene résumé of the action, together with notes on locality and special effects. Their informal...

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Richard Andrews

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
258 words

... One of the terms used by Italian commedia dell'arte actors for the plot summary which they used instead of a written script: other words were soggetto and canovaccio . The great majority of such documents which have survived are in unpublished manuscripts, since one reason for working from a scenario rather than a script was that a company retained control of its own material and did not allow it to pass into the public domain. Just one practitioner, Flaminio Scala , chose to publish a collection of 50 scenari in 1611 , for reasons which are...

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A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2017

... A description of how a situation might develop, based on a particular set of assumptions and factors, which is used to evaluate available options and select ways of dealing with uncertainty. See also worst case scenario...

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A Dictionary of Public Health (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2018

...scenario A plausible description of situations or sets of variables that could operate in a complex system at future times, usually based on possible variations in each of many variable determinants that could influence the way the system as a whole might behave. Scenarios have been used to good effect in health planning (e.g., to plan ways that technological innovations and advances could influence future needs for expensive specialized services) and in modeling future patterns of climatic variables, including both “normal” climates and climatic extremes. ...

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A Dictionary of Economics (5 ed.)

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Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Social sciences, Economics
Length:
124 words

...scenario analysis A method for the assessment of a risky investment project based on information about possible realizations for some, or all, macroeconomic and project-specific factors that determine the value of the project. A variant of scenario analysis is best-case/worst-case analysis, where each factor is assumed to take the best possible value and the worst possible value; the difference between the values of the project for the two cases is used to gauge its riskiness. More generally, a multiple scenario analysis involves calculations of the value of...

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A Dictionary of Business and Management (6 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Social sciences, Business and Management
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92 words

... analysis A process in which the various possible developments in an industry are examined, together with a company’s ability to respond flexibly and creatively. Expert opinion is used to formulate a qualitative view of the future; this will usually identify major trends and analyse long-term environmental influences but will not involve use of historical data in an attempt to ‘predict’ future events. By examining a range of possible scenarios managers should be able to assess the strategic options available and evaluate existing assumptions and...

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A Dictionary of Epidemiology (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2016

...Scenario Building A method of predicting the future that relies on a series of assumptions about alternative possibilities rather than on simple extrapolation of existing trends. 727 Trend lines for demographic composition, morbidity and mortality rates, etc., can then be modified by allowing for each assumption in turn, or combinations of assumptions. The method is claimed to lead to greater flexibility in long-range health planning than simple forecasting that relies only upon extrapolation of trends. 426 ...

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A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2017

...scenario The emission forecast made in an emission reduction project, which is compared with the business‐as‐usual ( baseline ) scenario in order to determine the emission reductions that have been...

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A Dictionary of Business and Management in India

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Social sciences, Business and Management
Length:
67 words

...scenario analysis A process of defining and analysing possible future events by considering alternative possible outcomes. While used to make predictions of the future, scenario analysis is not based on extrapolation of the past. Rather, several scenarios are created, often as optimistic, pessimistic, and most likely. Plans to achieve or respond to each scenario are developed. It encourages a more flexible approach to preparing for the...

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A Dictionary of Disaster Management

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Social sciences, Environment, Sociology
Length:
145 words

...scenario planning An analytical method for strategic planning. Scenarios are coherent, justified narratives about the future and can be used to test the capabilities and capacities of a crisis or disaster management organization before an event, allowing for adjustments to be made. Scenarios are often used in preparedness planning and risk assessment , for example in the non-mandatory guidelines for national risk assessments issued by the European Commission. While worst-case scenarios can be relevant in some instances, disaster and emergency...

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A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2017

...scenario A simulation of a major disaster that is held to test the response of emergency services and assess the extent of damage and...

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A Dictionary of Social Research Methods

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Social sciences, Sociology
Length:
79 words

...scenario analysis A research method bringing together experts’ diverse opinions using a mixture of qualitative, vignette, and probability methods. First, the future trajectory of development of a problem or policy and its related impacts are traced, with inputs of information from various experts. Alternative trajectories are then assigned probabilities using experts’ opinions ( see decision tree ). A second round allows each expert to comment on and refine their view of each of the pathways, which appear to them as vignettes....

Randall–Sundrum scenario

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A Dictionary of Physics (8 ed.)

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Current Version:
2019
Subject:
Science and technology, Physics
Length:
64 words

...Randall–Sundrum scenario A variant of the brane world picture in which gravity is trapped by warping of the higher dimensions. This scenario, put forward by the American physicist Lisa Randall ( 1962–  ) and Raman Sundrum ( 1964–  ) in 1999 , has attracted a great deal of interest because it provides a possible explanation of why gravity is weaker that the other...

scenario-based planning

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A Dictionary of Marketing (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Social sciences, Business and Management
Length:
59 words

...-based planning The structured practice of imagining and anticipating what future events and conditions are likely, what the consequences of these would be, and how to respond and learn from them in order to practise preparedness and response. This is a useful technique in marketing strategy and planning, particularly in looking at future potential needs, markets, and...

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