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Sometimes we mistakenly think something is true and so we tell it to others; Unbeknownst to us, the thing is not true. How to call such untruthfulness?
A: You told me she will not be in this party. You lied to me.
B: No, I didn't know that myself. She told me she is out of town.
In the above scenario, what B had said to A was a "honest lie".
"Honest lie" has been used for such untruthfulness. But I need other words/terms/phrases for that. And I need a verb, something meaning "honest lying".
There is also this word "confabulate" [same source] which is more of technical usages and means mistakenly and with no intention taking something false as true. But this is obviously not what I want.