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confabulate Line breaks: con|fabu|late
Pronunciation: /kənˈfabjʊleɪt/

Definition of confabulate in English:


[no object]
1 formal Engage in conversation; talk: she could be heard on the telephone confabulating with someone
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  • Since the story broke, six staffers, including two senior editors, have spent more than 6,000 man hours attending commission hearings, and confabulating with as many as 12 lawyers.
  • Chances are, you can get a large percentage of your family members confabulating with you on something that simply couldn't have happened, given that Bugs Bunny is a Warner Brothers character.
  • Broken cultures therapeutically confabulate, mythologise former ways of life, and fight off meaninglessness by shoring up crumbling identities.
2 Psychiatry Fabricate imaginary experiences as compensation for loss of memory: she has lapses in attention and concentration—she may be confabulating a little
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  • People who confabulate experience their false memories as true.
  • Why the brain stimulates and confabulates just the memories it does remains a mystery, though there are several plausible explanations.
  • Does the person fumble, confabulate, get defensive and angry, etc.


Early 17th century: from Latin confabulat- 'chatted together', from the verb confabulari, from con- 'together' + fabulari (from fabula 'fable').



Pronunciation: /kənˌfabjʊˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • After long confabulations, the tribal elders told him that only the old people would act in his movie.
  • The story that she couldn't remember appears to be a complete Pentagon confabulation in order to cover up the phoniness of the whole operation.
  • He claims it was after confabulation with the Pope.


Pronunciation: /kənˈfabjʊlət(ə)ri/
Example sentences
  • Jones's skillfully woven novel is filled with colorful characters which somehow also achieve three-dimensionality; its stories are sometimes what Harlan calls ‘confabulatory’ but still manage both credibility and poignancy.
  • Individual differences in hypnotic ability were associated with erroneous and confabulatory recall in the hypnosis and CI conditions but not in the MRR condition.
  • So to enter the example of Korsakoff's psychosis, this is also known as confabulatory amnesia, which has essentially two features: the one is that the patient is unable to lay down any new memories.

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