Consider a situation when without any effort/intervention into the process consequences are predefined to be bad. How do you call such a bad-prognosis?

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    – Mari-Lou A
    May 4, 2016 at 21:49
  • @Mari-LouA Do whatever you want.
    – lexeme
    May 5, 2016 at 5:10

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If you want to show the worst that can happen in a specific (non-intervention) scenario, you might use worst-case scenario.
That is the scenario that describes what would happen if everything that can go wrong, will go wrong - but that is not always bad. On the contrary, the worst-case scenario is often a good baseline when calculating risks.
When currently the system crashes on start-up, and there are questions about the risk of implementing a quick bug-fix for it, the worst-case scenario is that the fix will cause a crash - since that is is same situation as the current one, the risks may be very acceptable.

If you just want to indicate that currently (assuming no intervention), things will go sour, I think you can present a negative prognosis.
A negative prognosis gives a very strong indication that things look bleak. Things will go badly, and a description of that in the form of a negative prognosis is a great way to introduce a solution that will avert those negative events from actually happening :)

  • I think "worst-case" is a bit strong for what's being asked for. There could be more than one scenario that qualifies and they're not all going to be the worst one. I think I'd use "no-win" instead.
    – Rupe
    Jun 11, 2014 at 9:30
  • I am not completely sure which of the options I describe the OP is asking for - but he can choose as he pleases :)
    – oerkelens
    Jun 11, 2014 at 11:04
  • Well, I like negative prognosis
    – lexeme
    Jun 11, 2014 at 11:49

In addition to the suggestions proposed by oerkelens, you could consider

adverse forecast

negative projection

pessimistic outlook

You can also freely mix and match the combinations of adjective + noun listed above.


I would say it is going south.

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