[in-ek-stri-kuh-buh l, in-ik-strik-uh-]
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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.
  3. 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. 2018

Related Words for inextricably

inevitably, completely, totally

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Contemporary Examples of inextricably

Historical Examples of inextricably

  • The old in India are like these trees; they are doubly, inextricably rooted.

    Things as They Are

    Amy Wilson-Carmichael

  • He and they were alike sentient, active, conscious, inextricably mingled.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • Collegiate and ecclesiastical life are inextricably mixed up.


    Frederick Douglas How

  • The comic and the tragic are inextricably mingled in this world.

  • You have imposed them, I wear them already, inextricably, indissolubly.

    Gryll Grange

    Thomas Love Peacock

British Dictionary definitions for inextricably


  1. not able to be escaped froman inextricable dilemma
  2. not able to be disentangled, etcan inextricable knot
  3. extremely involved or intricate
Derived Formsinextricability or inextricableness, nouninextricably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inextricably



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