Sam Harris Dictionary: Confabulatory



con·fa·bu·la·tor·y | \ kən-ˈfa-byə-lə-ˌtȯr-ē \

Meaning: Informal, chatty, colloquial, conversational. If used in psychology, confabulatory refers to filling in gaps in one’s memory with fabrications one believes to be facts. A statement that one believes to be true, but is in fact “made up”, could be referred to as confabulatory.

Confabulatory is the adjective form of the verb confabulate. Confabulate may also be used as a noun, verb and adjective, according to The Free Dictionary.

Sam Harris uses the word “confabulatory” at 40:08 in episode #220 of the Making Sense Podcast “Welcome to the Cult Factory” with Tristan Harris. He describes someone who is a target of online advertising rationalizing a purchase in hindsight, “…whether it’s confabulatory or not…”