conflation

[kuhn-fley-shuhn]
noun
1.
the process or result of fusing items into one entity; fusion; amalgamation.
2.
Bibliography.
a.
the combination of two variant texts into a new one.
b.
the text resulting from such a combination.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin conflātiō. See conflate, -ion

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conflate (kənˈfleɪt)
 
vb
(tr) to combine or blend (two things, esp two versions of a text) so as to form a whole
 
[C16: from Latin conflāre to blow together, from flāre to blow]
 
con'flation
 
n

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Word Origin & History

conflation
1620s, from L. conflationem, noun of action from conflare (see conflate).
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conflation definition

database
Combining or blending of two or more versions of a text; confusion or mixing up. Conflation algorithms are used in databases.
[Any specific technical meaning?]
(1996-04-14)

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Example sentences
Few of the fans seemed to notice, let alone oppose, the conflation of party and
  state.
The confusion over service usually arises from a conflation of community and
  professional service.
Another reason for caution is the researchers' conflation of color
  categorization with color experience.
Rather, it is an ill-considered conflation of drafts.
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