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confabulate

(kən-făb′yə-lāt′)
intr.v. confabu·lated, confabu·lating, confabu·lates
Psychology To fill in gaps in one's memory with fabrications that one believes to be facts.

con·fab′u·la′tion n.
con·fab′u·la′tor n.
con·fab′u·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.
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(203) To confabulate means to "fill in the details from the imagination in order to make an answer more coherent and complete." Rock v.
Counting of votes will take place on Saturday, and most political leaders are saying that they will confabulate and reveal their respective positions after the results emerge.
The debate recently led to a full fledged one-day seminar organized by Shakeel Ahmad Bakshi, president of the Islamic Students League (ISL) attended by a galaxy of religious scholars, intellectuals and separatist leaders to confabulate on the issue.
Creationists and naive "scientific atheists" like Richard Dawkins often confabulate methodological with metaphysical naturalism in their arguments.
This is where systems of denial come into play, and the criminal thinker will confabulate endlessly to explain away consequences that, if properly processed, would threaten his sense of entitlement and control.
"The argument," he contends, "is not that we lack consciousness but that we overestimate the conscious control of behavior." When subjects are asked to explain their actions, they often confabulate, offering "post hoc misattributions" for such behavior, perhaps in efforts to either defend or promote themselves.
(96) See Cima et al., supra note 5, at 27-28 (discussing three reasons to suspect claims of dissociative amnesia, namely, that those who make such claims tend to fit a psychological profile, including a tendency to engage in manipulative behavior; the absence of dissociation in individuals not charged with crimes but who have experienced or witnessed similarly horrifying or violent events; and research that shows that a substantial proportion of individuals in general tends to feign symptoms and confabulate stories if it serves their interests).
But she can articulate a principle and spot a phony a mile away, and is just as wise to the playacting in her own community--the grocer who won't marry her mother, the ex-con who designates himself her protector, the tutor desperate for a kiss--as she is to the social workers and school psychologists the French inflict on her to confabulate a demographic.
2c) has been shot in an unknown place and that its authors confabulate on the flexure and an unknown to them exposure.
Then, if adventuring, shipwreck and escape from captivity were genres of literature that people liked to read about, there was also clearly a strong tendency to confabulate and to transcend experience.
Thus, bias of the interviewer may encourage children to confabulate, that is, to fabricate information to fill in gaps in memory.