Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Most unfavorable; being or involving the worst possibility.

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  • adjective In the least favorable of all possible circumstances.

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Examples

  • Standard & Poor's, however, typically evaluated each asset assembled into the securities rather than relying solely on the so-called worst-case scenario, according to current and former rating analysts.

    Rating Firms' Asset Game

  • As it turns out, the late Admiral Arleigh Burke—the unexpected theoretician—first called the worst-case scenario a “world holocaust” more than half a century ago at a decisive turning point in nuclear arms deployment.

    How the End Begins

  • They say they are preparing for a so-called worst-case scenario to assist hundreds of thousands of people who might flee across borders into neighboring countries.

    UNHCR: Preparing For Worst Case Scenario in Libya

  • This was what you would call a worst-case scenario for any woman who had just delivered a baby.

    Times Two

  • As it turns out, the late Admiral Arleigh Burke—the unexpected theoretician—first called the worst-case scenario a “world holocaust” more than half a century ago at a decisive turning point in nuclear arms deployment.

    How the End Begins

  • This was what you would call a worst-case scenario for any woman who had just delivered a baby.

    Times Two

  • So-called worst-case housing needs grew by more than 20 percent from 2007 to 2009 and by 42 percent since 2001, according to a report released this month by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    In the housing crisis, we all live under one roof

  • They say they are preparing for a so-called worst-case scenario to assist hundreds of thousands of people who might flee across borders into neighboring countries.

    UNHCR: Preparing For Worst Case Scenario in Libya

  • Yahoo is what Ms. Stevenson might call a worst-case example.

    'A' for Apple, 'F' for Yahoo: Grading Succession

  • On the ground, Israeli military and police forces are preparing for what the official called a "worst-case scenario" in which masses of Palestinian protesters march on Israeli checkpoints and West Bank settlements, and possibly on the country's borders.

    The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines - The Washington Post

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