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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.
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the worst-case scenario

The worst possible thing that could happen. We don't expect it to happen, but we need to plan for the worst-case scenario. The worst-case scenario here is that we lose the next three games and miss the playoffs. The best-case scenario is that we win out and get a bye in the first round.
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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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worst-case scenario

Cliché the worse possible future outcome. Now, let's look at the worst-case scenario. In the worst-case scenario, we're all dead.
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worst-case scenario

n. the worst possible future outcome. Now, let’s look at the worst-case scenario.
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Under the third scenario, the reduced primary deficit will allow the government to reduce debt to 96.
The scientific aspects of Scenarios are clothed in the language of plausible causal theories of the future state of the environment.
How to Win in Every Scenario: Using Scenario Planning to Create Win-Win Solutions in Ukraine and in Other Complex Situations" (236 pages, ISBN# 978-1499057485) is available online at Amazon, Xlibris and Barnes and Noble.
Following that, we discuss our method of modeling scenario data and economic evaluation of a set of scenarios in operational risk measurement.
The facilitators then helped the participants narrow the six sketch scenarios down to four scenarios, either through combination or elimination.
Scenario 3 replaced meat with grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and dried beans.
The objective is not to develop a number of strategies, each tailored to the specific concerns raised by each scenario--in other words, to develop a strategy A, B, C, and D for scenarios A, B, C, and D.
Left to itself, the 'old order' will always seek to reassert itself and relegate scenarios to, at best, a position of merely 'interesting studies' of the future.
The equipment, which allows the department to create and customize its own scenarios, was unveiled Friday.
Grossman (1994), using Perry's (1970) epistemological framework, found that using scenarios was especially helpful for class discussions.
The third scenario is the same as the second, but the employee's sale of the home to the employer at the higher amended price hinges on the employer's entering into a contract (acting through the agent) with the actual prospective buyer the employee located.
Applying a benefits-and-burdens analysis in the above scenarios, the ruling concludes that each overall transaction resulted in two separate sales; thus, the tax consequences to the seller-employee and seller-employer must be analyzed.
We averaged the 92 scenarios to obtain a base case.
Managers can develop detailed scenarios or keep them sketchy.
Scenario testing uses stochastic financial modeling to express the interaction of financial risks and operational risks and strategies, in terms of the organization's bottom-line financials, by modeling future cash flows over multiple, randomly-generated scenarios.
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