[ kuh n-fab-yuh-ley-shuh n ]
/ kənˌfæb yəˈleɪ ʃən /


the act of confabulating; conversation; discussion.
Psychiatry. the replacement of a gap in a person's memory by a falsification that he or she believes to be true.

Nearby words

  1. coney,
  2. coney island,
  3. conf.,
  4. confab,
  5. confabulate,
  6. confarreation,
  7. confect,
  8. confection,
  9. confectionary,
  10. confectioner

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for confabulation


[ kən-făb′yə-lāshən ]


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

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