[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. inexpugnable,
  2. inexpungible,
  3. inextensible,
  4. inextinguishable,
  5. inextirpable,
  6. inextricably,
  7. inez,
  8. inf,
  9. inf.,
  10. infallibilism

Origin of inextricable

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

Related formsin·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. 2019

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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 Formsinextricability or inextricableness, nouninextricably, adverb

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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.

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