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[kuh n-fab-yuh-ley-shuh n]
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  1. the act of confabulating; conversation; discussion.
  2. Psychiatry. the replacement of a gap in a person's memory by a falsification that he or she believes to be true.
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Origin of confabulation

1490–1500; < Late Latin confabulātiōn- (stem of confābulātiō) conversation, equivalent to confābulāt(us) (see confabulate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formscon·fab·u·la·to·ry [kuh n-fab-yoo-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kənˈfæb yʊ ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
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Related Words for confabulation

confab, dialogue, chitchat, palaver, discussion, converse, speech, chat, chatter, talk

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Word Origin and History for confabulation


mid-15c., "talking together," from Late Latin confabulationem (nominative confabulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin confabulari (see confabulate).

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confabulation in Medicine


  1. The unconscious filling of gaps in one's memory by fabrications that one accepts as facts.
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Related formscon•fabu•late′ v.
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