verb (used with object), extricated, extricating.
to free or release from entanglement; disengage: to extricate someone from a dangerous situation.
to liberate (gas) from combination, as in a chemical process.

1605–15; < Latin extricātus (past participle of extricāre), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + tric(ae) perplexities + -ātus -ate1

extrication, noun
nonextrication, noun
unextricated, adjective

1. loose, rescue, deliver, save, recover.
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extricate (ˈɛkstrɪˌkeɪt)
to remove or free from complication, hindrance, or difficulty; disentangle
[C17: from Latin extrīcāre to disentangle, from ex-1 + trīcae trifles, vexations]

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1610s, from L. extricatus, pp. of extricare "disentangle," from ex- "out of" + tricæ (pl.) "perplexities, hindrances," of unknown origin. Related: Extricable; extricated; extricating; extrication.
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Example sentences
All about and around us a faith in poetry struggles to be extricated, but it is
  not extricated.
The party has extricated itself from big parts of their lives, and relative
  wealth has broadened horizons.
Concerned motorists extricated the truck driver from the vehicle and pulled him
  to safety.
The net was slowly retrieved to shore and one by one, the struggling wild ducks
  were carefully extricated from the net.
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