I am looking for an antonym for the word claim.
The closest words I could find are reject, deny, and, of course, disclaim. My problem with disclaim is that I have only ever seen it used as disclaimer, which has a rather special, almost legal, meaning in American English. My problem with reject and deny is that it sounds as though I am turning something down. They aren't necessarily opposite in meaning, and they convey an entirely different message.
If claim means...
state or assert that something is the case
... then I am looking for
not state or assert that something is the case, but not necessarily state that it isn't the case
Consider the following sentences:
- I claim X.
- I do not claim X.
- I reject X.
I am looking to replace the "do not claim" in sentence number two.