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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.
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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) to invent (fables or stories)
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Fabulation, Or The Re-Education Of Udine, Lynn Nottage; dir: Andi Chapman.
"They will confirm that fabulation and lies are present in the relevant part of their testimonies," Lipsic said, as quoted by the private broadcaster TV JOJ.He also doubted, in part, the psychology expert's report since she did not get later testimonies and recordings.
That's not something that we have with our aristocracy here." So people are forced to write their own version of the Philippines' story: "A lot of fabulation, and usable pasts.
Robert Scholes refers to this co-mingling of ideas and fiction as "fabulation." According to Scholes, Iris Murdoch is an "allegorical fabulator" in whose novels "fiction and ideation" are inseparably "intertwined." Reading Murdoch's novels poses the problem of interpretation because the two elements of fiction and idea are simultaneously present (105).
By contrast, this second conceptualisation of the dark precursor as a mediator between an actual people and a virtual people--a currently existing people and a future people to come--is linked more closely to the operation which Deleuze describes as fabulation, or story-telling.
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?" There are several false starts as Theroux interjects himself into the narrative, changing the sex of characters, digressing into the joys and terrors of open-air swimming in his local south London lido and diverting into family history before the rollicking adventure story of the narrative proper kicks in.
Documentary film theorist Ilona Hongisto has proposed the act of framing--the aesthetics of the frame--as a fundamental element of creating meaning in documentary cinema beyond representational constraints, through imagination, fabulation and affection.
Dupre, "Mythomanie infantile, un cas de fugue suivie de fabulation," Encephale, vol.
The one outlier is Verina Gfader's "Fabulation of a Form," in which Gfader argues that the very act of drawing, particularly in animation, gives a kind of quasi-life to lines.
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).