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French - France
In science, if an experiment is designed to potentially disprove some theory or hypothesis, and its result does not contradict the theory or hypothesis, what kind of proof, evidence, corroboration or successful trial is it ? Is there a specific name for this result that tends to confirm something without fully proving it as a mathematical theorem does ?

Would validation fit ?
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  • panjandrum

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    English-Ireland (top end)
    I don't think either corroboration or validation fits.
    The experiment did not contradict the theory or hypothesis, but failure to contradict is not the same as actively supporting.
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