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[in-ek-stri-kuh-buh l, in-ik-strik-uh-] /ɪnˈɛk strɪ kə bəl, ˌɪn ɪkˈstrɪk ə-/
from which one cannot extricate oneself:
an inextricable maze.
incapable of being disentangled, undone, loosed, or solved:
an inextricable knot.
hopelessly intricate, involved, or perplexing:
inextricable confusion.
Origin of inextricable
late Middle English
First recorded in 1375-1425; late Middle English word from Latin word inextrīcābilis. See in-3, extricable
Related forms
inextricability, inextricableness, noun
inextricably, adverb Unabridged
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  • Was ever a man placed, he thought, in a position so inextricable, so disastrous?

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • The politics of the nation were now in an inextricable labyrinth of confusion.

    Henry IV, Makers of History John S. C. Abbott
  • Inwardly this is an inextricable ramification and communication.

  • I was out of health, and felt as if I were in an inextricable coil of misery.

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • What was for me an inextricable puzzle has become clear as day.

British Dictionary definitions for inextricable


not able to be escaped from: an inextricable dilemma
not able to be disentangled, etc: an inextricable knot
extremely involved or intricate
Derived Forms
inextricability, inextricableness, noun
inextricably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for inextricable

early 15c., from Latin inextricabilis "that cannot be disentangled," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + extricare (see extricate). Related: Inextricably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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