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intr.v. fab·u·lat·ed, fab·u·lat·ing, fab·u·lates
To engage in the composition of fables or stories, especially those featuring a strong element of fantasy: "a land which ... had given itself up to dreaming, to fabulating, to tale-telling" (Lawrence Durrell).

[Latin fābulārī, fābulāt-, to talk, from fābula, tale, talk; see fable.]

fab′u·la′tion n.
fab′u·la′tor n.


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) to invent (fables or stories)
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The novel also wrestles with fears about the purpose of fiction in a post-truth era: the novelist's queasy feeling that "I'm surrounded by people who are lying about stuff, why add more fabulation, what on earth can that do?
In Fabulation and Metafiction, a pioneering study of mid-twentieth-century experimental fiction, Robert Scholes adopted the term fabulation to refer to "a movement of great importance in contemporary fiction" that had been "ignored" or "misinterpreted" simply "because it lacked a name" (1979, 1).
In the face of these competing imaginations Barber proposes the act of fabulation, which "names the capacity to tell a story that outstrips the criteria that would decide on its truth or falsity" (200).
Sontag, though, helps us to understand that Bergman's departures from illusionistic convention do not really operate in the service of exposing artifice, nor of helping us to sort out fabulation from truth.
Comics is rooted in these traditions, and via caricature and animalizing fabulation, will always convey an aura of intrinsic wonder at the otherness of both human and nonhuman natures, an openness to an ecology of subjects.
Right now, we have trees growing and budding, the library room is being built--but the future is a fabulation.
Her book How to Heal with a Story presents the way in which by accessing the mechanism of fabulation and projecting one's inner conflict at symbolic level (externalizing it implicitly), the patients manage to find fresh resources and solutions within themselves, within the fertile ground of imagination.
D'un point de vue methodologique, la fabulation est porteuse de significations sociales qui revelent le contexte social.
2) Rather than a shift to an entirely new paradigm, then, the new cultural politics of visuality seems to challenge us to account for the mutual imbrication of images and affects, ideology and control, representation and, as I discuss in this essay, fabulation.
Sous la plume du narrateur, cette fabulation devient une parodie de roman classique, de ce qu'aurait ecrit un Swann qui ne chercherait ni a redresser << l'oblique discours interieur >> (IV, 469) ni a << cesser de croire a l'objectivite de ce qu'on a elabore soi-meme >> (IV, 475).
The boundary between fact and fabulation in such works is all but effaced, although less attentive or educated readers presumably do not realize it exists.
Quoted in Gregory Flaxman, Gilles Deleuze and the Fabulation of Philosophy (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012), p 1.