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Fail to justify inconclusive opinion (5)

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I believe the answer is:

belie

Here is my best explanation:

'fail to justify' is the definition.

'inconclusive opinion' is the subsidiary indication.

'inconclusive' means to remove the last letter.

'opinion' becomes 'belief' (I've seen this before).

'belief' with its final letter taken off is 'belie'.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for belie that I've seen before include "Confute", "Contradict" and "Show to be untrue".)

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