Part of speech: verb
Origin: Latin, early 17th century
Engage in conversation; talk.
(Psychiatry) Fabricate imaginary experiences as compensation for loss of memory.
Examples of Confabulate in a sentence
"Come sit with me, and let's confabulate!"
"He might confabulate when he can't remember something, but that shouldn't be a lasting side effect."
Popularity Over Time
Confabulate is a formal term for an everyday activity — chitchat. If you want to describe a serious discussion, or maybe a business negotiation, "confabulate" is an appropriately distinguished term.
Did you Know?
In Latin, "fabula" is a fable and "con" is a prefix meaning come together. The psychiatric context of "confabulate" is closer to this original meaning. A person suffering memory loss may make up stories, or fables, to compensate for the gaps.