[ 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

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Latin word inextrīcābilis. See in-3, extricable

OTHER WORDS FROM inextricable

in·ex·tri·ca·bil·i·ty, in·ex·tri·ca·ble·ness, nounin·ex·tri·ca·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for inextricable

/ (ˌɪnɛksˈtrɪkəbəl) /


not able to be escaped froman inextricable dilemma
not able to be disentangled, etcan inextricable knot
extremely involved or intricate

Derived forms of inextricable

inextricability or inextricableness, nouninextricably, adverb
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