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
It has taken months to extricate it, but finally I have it back.
Unable to extricate himself, after several days he dies of thirst within plain
  sight of freedom.
That strategy once helped me to extricate myself from an ugly work environment.
Yet the heroine finds it difficult to extricate herself from her mother's
  tantalizing sphere of influence.
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