[in-ek-stri-kuh-buh l, in-ik-strik-uh-]


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
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

Related Words for inextricable

complex, intricate, involved, perplexing, tangled

Examples from the Web for inextricable

Contemporary Examples of inextricable

  • Do you really believe this is true or because of his body of work, which was inextricable from African American influence?

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    Herbie Hancock Holds Forth

    David Yaffe

    November 8, 2014

  • But there is a larger point behind the move: Car brands are inextricable from national stereotypes.

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    Nationalism on Four Wheels

    Clive Irving

    October 18, 2014

  • We see abortion as inextricable from the full spectrum of medical care a woman might need in her lifetime.

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    More on Dr. Gosnell

    Michael Tomasky

    April 18, 2013

  • Place can often be inextricable with our conception of certain artists and movements.

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    This Week’s Hot Reads: Dec. 10, 2012

    Nicholas Mancusi

    December 10, 2012

  • I'd also like to highlight Ezra Klein's lament that most "foreign policy" questions are inextricable from domestic issues.

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    5 Questions You Won't Hear Tonight

    Justin Green

    October 23, 2012

Historical Examples of inextricable

  • Was ever a man placed, he thought, in a position so inextricable, so disastrous?


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • The politics of the nation were now in an inextricable labyrinth of confusion.

  • 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.

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    Elizabeth Gaskell

  • What was for me an inextricable puzzle has become clear as day.

British Dictionary definitions for inextricable



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper