- to free or release from entanglement; disengage: to extricate someone from a dangerous situation.
- to liberate (gas) from combination, as in a chemical process.
Origin of extricate
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Examples from the Web for extrication
What opening for extrication, unless, indeed, Emilia should die?Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
They were therefore in a dilemma, from which there was no middle course of extrication.Mary Wollstonecraft
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Here was an impasse from which obviously there was but one method of extrication.Lord Milner's Work in South Africa
W. Basil Worsfold
This is one of the simplest of these methods of extrication.The Life of an Insect
They seemed to be in a maze, without perceiving the right way of extrication.The Allen House
T. S. Arthur
- to remove or free from complication, hindrance, or difficulty; disentangle
Word Origin and History for extrication
1640s, noun of action of extricate.
1610s, from Latin extricatus, past participle of extricare "disentangle," perhaps from ex- "out of" + tricae (plural) "perplexities, hindrances," of unknown origin. Related: Extricated; extricating.