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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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  • His was the scapulary which my father had inextricably grasped in the death 'scrimmage.'

    The Red River Half-Breed Gustave Aimard
  • The old in India are like these trees; they are doubly, inextricably rooted.

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • Something of all these may have engaged her, for each was inextricably interwoven with the others.

    The Gay Adventure Richard Bird
  • He and they were alike sentient, active, conscious, inextricably mingled.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • In ten seconds the two flocks were inextricably intertangled.

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British Dictionary definitions for inextricably


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
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Word Origin and History for inextricably



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

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