best-case scenario

best-case scenario

The best possible outcome. The best-case scenario is that Doug will be only an hour late—traffic on his route is at a standstill. They're only selling junk at the yard sale, so I think the best-case scenario is that they'll make $10. The doctor said that the best-case scenario is an operable tumor.
See also: scenario

best-case scenario

Cliché the optimum outcome being considered. (Compare this with the worst-case scenario.) Now that we've seen the negative angle, let's look at the best-case scenario. In the best-case scenario, we're all dead eventually—but then that's true of the worst-case scenario also.
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Numbers suggest even in the best-case scenario, we will fail to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020.
Boeing's goal to have its grounded 787 back in the air within weeks is a best-case scenario Boeing's goal to have its grounded 787 Dreamliner back in the air within weeks is a best-case scenario and too uncertain for the aircraft's biggest customer to plan the plane's operational return to service.
The smaller revenues from the tax on interests on deposits will not be a major problem because under the best-case scenario they can provide less than 0.
And while less optimistic models exist, the researcher believes factors such as rising food prices and cereal's high household penetration make the best-case scenario the most likely development.
He said taking lethal action would be a "worst-case scenario" and that a best-case scenario would be to intercept and gain knowledge of the seriousness of the situation away from the built-up area of London.
With the end of 2011, Puerto Rico should complete its sixth-consecutive year of negative growth with a smaller contraction or, in a best-case scenario, with no (zero) or flat growth, according to local economists, reports Caribbean Business (Dec.
The best-case scenario is that Ambrose will be fit for the opener at home to Somerset but it could take slighly longer.
In the best-case scenario, the capacity upgrade would be completed by the end of 2013 for unit 5 and end-2014 for unit 6.
However, this level that the prime minister craves and projects is far from reality and is impossible to attain even in the best-case scenario.
The news means Wilshere will definitely sit out next month's final qualifier with Montenegro and even in a best-case scenario he would be pushing it to play in a November play-off, should England need one, or the friendly that will be scheduled instead.
Under the best-case scenario, that means a social payback of 3.
Dr Mindy Nagle added: "It was the best-case scenario you could imagine for detecting breast cancer" while Dr Shelley Hwang, a breast surgeon at UC San Francisco, said there is only a 1% chance Navratilova will die as a result.
Even in the best-case scenario, 46 states would see employer premium costs increase by more than 60 percent--The Urban Institute
But even in a best-case scenario, Japan will post a deficit of 700 billion yen, or 0.
The best-case scenario for Murray is that he will begin his Wimbledon campaign with next to no match practice on grass, and further tests and therapy on his injured right wrist over the coming week will determine his fate.