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conflation

[kuh n-fley-shuh n] /kənˈfleɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the process or result of fusing items into one entity; fusion; amalgamation.
2.
Bibliography.
  1. the combination of two variant texts into a new one.
  2. the text resulting from such a combination.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin conflātiō. See conflate, -ion
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Examples from the web for conflation
  • 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.
  • The second problem is the conflation of emotional intelligence and a certain preferred pattern of behavior.
  • The conflation of honor with the duty to fight defeats all other impulses.
  • His great gift was for conflation, visual and psychological, for compressing multiple possibilities into a single sliding form.
  • Such a conflation has value and utility to a first approximation.
  • Often, the result of all this conflation of signals is that the boys decide to be silent.
  • Because of their significant and visceral impacts, discussion of extreme events is a frequent locus of such conflation.
Word Origin and History for conflation
n.

1620s, from Late Latin conflationem (nominative conflatio), noun of action from past participle stem of conflare (see conflate).

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conflation in Technology

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)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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