View synonyms for extrication


[ ek-stri-key-shuhn ]


  1. the act of freeing a trapped or entangled person or thing:

    In an avalanche, rapid extrication of victims within 10 to 20 minutes of burial is essential for survival.

    Unexpectedly, it is the children who bear the burden of the family's extrication from the problems overtaking them.

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  • non·ex·tri·ca·tion noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of extrication1

First recorded in 1610–20; equivalent to Latin extrīcāre ( extricate ( def ) ) + -ion ( def )

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Example Sentences

“I decided to extricate myself,” said Howard, over fear of rising Covid rates.

From Digiday

She is a prisoner in a gloomy cell of stone and iron, from which there is no possible extrication.

They were therefore in a dilemma, from which there was no middle course of extrication.

Here, in the extremest perturbation, she saw the full extent of her difficulties, without perceiving any means of extrication.

The opposing streams of traffic would merge in a tangle beyond extrication until a halt enabled each to go its way.

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


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