confabulation


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con·fab·u·late

 (kən-făb′yə-lāt′)
intr.v. con·fab·u·lat·ed, con·fab·u·lat·ing, con·fab·u·lates
1. To talk casually; chat.
2. Psychology To fill in gaps in one's memory with fabrications that one believes to be facts.

[Latin cōnfābulārī, cōnfābulāt- : com-, com- + fābulārī, to talk (from fābula, conversation; see fable).]

con·fab′u·la′tion n.
con·fab′u·la′tor n.
con·fab′u·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.confabulation - an informal conversationconfabulation - an informal conversation    
conversation - the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc.
2.confabulation - (psychiatry) a plausible but imagined memory that fills in gaps in what is remembered
memory - something that is remembered; "search as he would, the memory was lost"
psychiatry, psychological medicine, psychopathology - the branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders

confabulation

noun
Spoken exchange:
Informal: confab.
Slang: jaw.
Translations
Konfabulation

confabulation

[kənˌfæbjʊˈleɪʃən] Nconferencia f

con·fab·u·la·tion

n. confabulación, condición en la que el individuo imagina situaciones que olvida fácilmente.

confabulation

n fabulación f confabulación f (Ang), (el) suplir las lagunas de la memoria con hechos imaginarios o falsos recuerdos
References in classic literature ?
On leaving the terminus, I had the satisfaction of seeing the lawyer's clerk in close confabulation with the detective officer whose advent I had prophesied.
Then we sits down, gradually gets cool, and holds a confabulation.
One of the greatest financiers of the city in close confabulation with Mr.
To much confabulation succeeded a sound of scrubbing and setting to rights; and when I passed the room, in going downstairs to dinner, I saw through the open door that all was again restored to complete order; only the bed was stripped of its hangings.
Trust me, sir, I have already laughed more than beseems my cloth at your Homeric confabulation with yonder ragamuffin General of the rebels.
Bucket for a little private confabulation, tells his tale satisfactorily, though out of breath.
The message concluded with the news that at the moment of the bearer's departure there was a great confabulation in progress as to which diamonds were to be worn, and how.
Then the conversation turned to lover number two, and after a long confabulation, Polly gave it as her firm belief that A.
In that cafe with our heads close together over a marble table, Dominic and I held an earnest and endless confabulation while Madame Leonore, rustling a black silk skirt, with gold earrings, with her raven hair elaborately dressed and something nonchalant in her movements, would take occasion, in passing to and fro, to rest her hand for a moment on Dominic's shoulder.
It's only a word or two"- and after a whispered confabulation of no more than a minute, reconduct him to the door and shake hands ceremoniously.
It occurred to me that if old "Bless my soul--you don't say so" were to put his head up the companion and catch sight of us, he would think he was seeing double, or imagine himself come upon a scene of weird witchcraft; the strange captain having a quiet confabulation by the wheel with his own gray ghost.
We had lain thus in bed, chatting and napping at short intervals, and Queequeg now and then affectionately throwing his brown tattooed legs over mine, and then drawing them back; so entirely sociable and free and easy were we; when, at last, by reason of our confabulations, what little nappishness remained in us altogether departed, and we felt like getting up again, though day-break was yet some way down the future.