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[kuh n-fab-yuh-leyt] /kənˈfæb yəˌleɪt/
verb (used without object), confabulated, confabulating.
to converse informally; chat.
Psychiatry. to engage in confabulation.
Origin of confabulate
1605-15; < Latin confābulātus (past participle of confābulārī to talk together), equivalent to con- con- + fābul(a) conversation (see fable) + -ātus -ate1
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confabulator, noun Unabridged
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verb (intransitive)
to talk together; converse; chat
(psychiatry) to replace the gaps left by a disorder of the memory with imaginary remembered experiences consistently believed to be true See also paramnesia
Derived Forms
confabulation, noun
confabulator, noun
confabulatory, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin confābulārī, from fābulārī to talk, from fābula a story; see fable
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Word Origin and History for confabulate

1610s, from confabulatus, past participle of Latin confabulari "to converse together," from com- "together" (see com-) + fabulari "to talk, chat," from fabula "a tale" (see fable). Psychiatric sense is from 1924.

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