[ 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.
Origin of confabulation
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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Word Origin and History for confabulatory
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 confabulatory
[ kən-făb′yə-lā′shən ]
The unconscious filling of gaps in one's memory by fabrications that one accepts as facts.
Related formscon•fab′u•late′ v.
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