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[ek-stri-keyt] /ˈɛk strɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), extricated, extricating.
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
1605-15; < Latin extricātus (past participle of extricāre), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + tric(ae) perplexities + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
extrication, noun
nonextrication, noun
unextricated, adjective
1. loose, rescue, deliver, save, recover. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for extrication
Historical Examples
  • 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.

  • This is one of the simplest of these methods of extrication.

  • They seemed to be in a maze, without perceiving the right way of extrication.

    The Allen House T. S. Arthur
  • My whole future depended upon my extrication from that impasse.

    The Count's Chauffeur William Le Queux
  • Many of those who were saved died in a few hours after their extrication.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
  • He was resolved to make an effort of some kind for the extrication of his sister.

    Checkmate Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Indeed, that seems in some places the only way to extrication from the labyrinth.

    A Month in Yorkshire Walter White
  • Could there be, even for him, some mode of extrication from his misery?

    Can You Forgive Her?

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for extrication


verb (transitive)
to remove or free from complication, hindrance, or difficulty; disentangle
Derived Forms
extricable, adjective
extrication, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin extrīcāre to disentangle, from ex-1 + trīcae trifles, vexations
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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