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[kuh n-fleyt] /kənˈfleɪt/
verb (used with object), conflated, conflating.
to fuse into one entity; merge:
to conflate dissenting voices into one protest.
1600-10; < Latin conflātus, past participle of conflāre to fuse together, equivalent to con- con- + flāre to blow2 Unabridged
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  • And conflating sequential and non-sequential disciplines makes matters worse.
  • You're conflating two different processes, from two different periods on history.
  • In his argument he is conflating observation with actual experience.
  • Also, you're conflating the right to earn a living with the right to earn a living in any way you choose.
  • The debate is conflating two questions, which need to be separated.
  • But on to you main point, you seem to be conflating a couple distinct policies into one.
  • Others are less despondent, warning against conflating scientific misconduct with difficult science.
  • The pitfall, though, is that conflating immigration reform and border security may backfire.
  • There's no value in conflating things that are actually different.
  • The biggest error people make is conflating all university degrees as valuable.
British Dictionary definitions for conflating


(transitive) to combine or blend (two things, esp two versions of a text) so as to form a whole
Derived Forms
conflation, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin conflāre to blow together, from flāre to blow
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Word Origin and History for conflating



1540s, from Latin conflat-, past participle stem of conflare "to blow up, kindle, light; bring together, compose," also "to melt together," literally "to blow together," from com- "with" (see com-) + flare "to blow" (see blow (v.1)).

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