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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.

confabulate

(kənˈfæbjʊˌleɪt)
vb (intr)
1. to talk together; converse; chat
2. (Psychiatry) psychiatry to replace the gaps left by a disorder of the memory with imaginary remembered experiences consistently believed to be true. See also paramnesia
[C17: from Latin confābulārī, from fābulārī to talk, from fābula a story; see fable]
conˌfabuˈlation n
conˈfabuˌlator n
conˈfabulatory adj

con•fab•u•late

(kənˈfæb yəˌleɪt)

v.i. -lat•ed, -lat•ing.
1. to converse informally or privately.
2. Psychiatry. to fill a gap in memory with a falsification believed to be true.
[1605–15; < Latin confābulātus << fābula talk, fable]
con•fab`u•la′tion, n.
con•fab′u•la`tor, n.
con•fab′u•la•to`ry (-ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.

confabulate


Past participle: confabulated
Gerund: confabulating

Imperative
confabulate
confabulate
Present
I confabulate
you confabulate
he/she/it confabulates
we confabulate
you confabulate
they confabulate
Preterite
I confabulated
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we confabulated
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Present Continuous
I am confabulating
you are confabulating
he/she/it is confabulating
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they are confabulating
Present Perfect
I have confabulated
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Past Continuous
I was confabulating
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he/she/it was confabulating
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they were confabulating
Past Perfect
I had confabulated
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Future
I will confabulate
you will confabulate
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Future Perfect
I will have confabulated
you will have confabulated
he/she/it will have confabulated
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you will have confabulated
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Future Continuous
I will be confabulating
you will be confabulating
he/she/it will be confabulating
we will be confabulating
you will be confabulating
they will be confabulating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been confabulating
you have been confabulating
he/she/it has been confabulating
we have been confabulating
you have been confabulating
they have been confabulating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been confabulating
you will have been confabulating
he/she/it will have been confabulating
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you will have been confabulating
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been confabulating
you had been confabulating
he/she/it had been confabulating
we had been confabulating
you had been confabulating
they had been confabulating
Conditional
I would confabulate
you would confabulate
he/she/it would confabulate
we would confabulate
you would confabulate
they would confabulate
Past Conditional
I would have confabulated
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we would have confabulated
you would have confabulated
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.confabulate - unconsciously replace fact with fantasy in one's memory
psychiatry, psychological medicine, psychopathology - the branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders
cook up, fabricate, invent, manufacture, make up - make up something artificial or untrue
2.confabulate - talk socially without exchanging too much informationconfabulate - talk socially without exchanging too much information; "the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"
converse, discourse - carry on a conversation
jawbone, schmoose, schmooze, shmoose, shmooze - talk idly or casually and in a friendly way
3.confabulate - have a conference in order to talk something over; "We conferred about a plan of action"
hash out, talk over, discuss - speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion; "We discussed our household budget"
collogue - confer secretly

confabulate

verb
To engage in spoken exchange:
Informal: confab, visit.
Translations

confabulate

[kənˈfæbjʊleɪt] VIconferenciar
References in classic literature ?
says this Rokesmith;' here Mr Boffin clapped a finger against his nose, and tapped it several times with a sneaking air, as embodying Rokesmith confidentially confabulating with his own nose; '"This will be a good haul; I'll go in for this
His body confabulating like stars through a barrage of sky.
Her thought process is circumstantial, and she seems to be confabulating.
If I did see it, if I'm not just confabulating, I think I found it persuasive.
James proposes the impossibility of reaching the truth; Ferre seems to agree, but adds that many speakers are not even trying to communicate the truth, and are instead lying or confabulating to suit their own prejudices and private goals.
John O'Neill expressly links Grace's "unreliability" as a narrator to her unreliability of her character, and Michael and Staels both premise their separate arguments on the assumption that Grace is consciously confabulating her tale.
After a few days the patient started to speak, albeit confabulating, and the nystagmus resolved.
Allow us to simplify what the high court said in that case: The testimonies of witnesses who heard the victim say he did not know who hit him just moments after the attack are less believable than the victims own testimony months laternever mind if the flip-flop came after confabulating with his lawyersthat he knew who hit him