what-if

what-if
what-if ˈwhat-if adjective
what-if? question/​analysis etc a way of examining a situation by deciding what you would do if something happened to change it:

• A risk management consultant can kick-start the process by providing a few, objective what-if? questions.

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what-if UK US noun [C]
a question about what could happen or what could have happened in a particular situation if something was or had been different: a what-if question/scenario »

State agencies have until Sept. 30 to identify their ""what-if"" budget cut scenarios.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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