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Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin fābulātus, perfect passive participle of fābulor (tell stories, chat), from fābula (fable).


fabulate (third-person singular simple present fabulates, present participle fabulating, simple past and past participle fabulated)

  1. (intransitive) To tell invented stories, often those that involve fantasy, such as fables.
    • 1990, Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, Tractatus Brevus, Kluwer, page 38:
      Human fears, needs, dreams release the latent propensities of the subliminal soul, and to respond to them the fabulating imagination sets to work.
    • 1992, Donald C. Goellnicht, "Tang Ao in America: Male Subject Positions in China Men, Shirley Geok-lin Lim and Amy Ling (editors), Reading the Literatures of Asian America, Temple University Press, ISBN 978-0-87722-936-0, page 205:
      The objects remain those of male fantasies, but from the start Maxine associates the ability to fantasize or fabulate with women and with Cantonese: []
    • 2006, Jérémie Valentin, “Gille Deleuze’s Political Posture”, chapter 12 of Constantin V. Boundas (editor), Deleuze and Philosophy, Edinburgh University Press, ISBN 978-0-7486-2480-5, page 196:
      It is only this posture that permits him to discharge his function as a chief: to fabulate and to summon up the missing people.
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Etymology 2[edit]


fabulate (plural fabulates)

  1. A folk story that is not entirely believable.
  2. (specifically) A folk story that is told for entertainment, and not intended to be taken as true.
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  1. vocative masculine singular of fābulātus