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confabulation

[kuh n-fab-yuh-ley-shuh n] /kənˌfæb yəˈleɪ ʃən/
noun
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.
Origin
1490-1500
1490-1500; < Late Latin confabulātiōn- (stem of confābulātiō) conversation, equivalent to confābulāt(us) (see confabulate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
confabulatory
[kuh n-fab-yoo-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kənˈfæb yʊ ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples from the web for confabulation
  • The moralizing in commentary can be regarded as merely confabulation covering that useful trait.
  • Second, cortisol-induced damage to the prefrontal cortex can cause confabulation, or false memories.
Word Origin and History for confabulation
n.

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

confabulation con·fab·u·la·tion (kən-fāb'yə-lā'shən)
n.
The unconscious filling of gaps in one's memory by fabrications that one accepts as facts.


con·fab'u·late' v.
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