[ in-ik-strik-uh-buhl, in-ek-stri-kuh‐ ]
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  1. from which one cannot extricate oneself: an inextricable maze.

  2. incapable of being disentangled, undone, loosed, or solved: an inextricable knot.

  1. hopelessly intricate, involved, or perplexing: inextricable confusion.

Origin of inextricable

First recorded in 1375–1425; a late Middle English word, from the Latin word inextrīcābilis; see in-3, extricable

Other words from inextricable

  • in·ex·tri·ca·bil·i·ty [in-ik-strik-uh-bil-i-tee], /ɪn ɪkˌstrɪk əˈbɪl ɪ ti/, in·ex·tri·ca·ble·ness, noun
  • in·ex·tri·ca·bly, adverb

Words Nearby inextricable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use inextricable in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for inextricable


/ (ˌɪnɛksˈtrɪkəbəl) /

  1. not able to be escaped from: an inextricable dilemma

  2. not able to be disentangled, etc: an inextricable knot

  1. extremely involved or intricate

Derived forms of inextricable

  • inextricability or inextricableness, noun
  • inextricably, adverb

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