I want to know if there is an appropriate one word antonym to "support" that I can use in the following context:

I collected the data and it did not support my hypothesis.

I considered using "it dismissed my hypothesis," but I'm looking for a better option. Dismissed seems to imply that my hypothesis was frivolous.

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    "Contradicted", perhaps? – Hot Licks Nov 12 at 0:07
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    Negated, disproved? – Yosef Baskin Nov 12 at 0:43
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    "Invalidated" is another possibility. – user888379 Nov 12 at 1:36
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    Rejected is a good candidate, although the data don’t do the rejecting. The researcher uses the data to support or reject a hypothesis using a statistical test of some kind or judgment. – Xanne Nov 12 at 3:11
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    "Undermined" is also possible in the case of your example. However there is a difference between a collection of data which fails to support a hypothesis and one which suggests strongly that it is not true, "undermined" is an expression of the latter.. – BoldBen Nov 12 at 5:19

Undermined, challenged, and invalidated are some good verbs to use when data is in opposition to the researcher's hypothesis.

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  • These have already been suggested, and an answer should attribute (and give a linked and attributed supporting reference). However, as OP didn't do basic research which would have turned up all these words, the question should be closed. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 17 at 19:40
  • @EdwinAshworth I don't know who OP is but I answered my own question. I don't see a close button anywhere either, so I don't really understand what you want me to do. – harada Nov 17 at 19:46
  • OP is the original poster (you in this case); can't you 'delete'? Googling "support" + "antonym" quickly gives these answers and many more. Which is probably why most gave them in 'comments', though close-voting for lack of research shown in the question is correct. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 17 at 19:50

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