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[in-ek-stri-kuh-buh l, in-ik-strik-uh-] /ɪnˈɛk strɪ kə bəl, ˌɪn ɪkˈstrɪk ə-/
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.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin inextrīcābilis. See in-3, extricable
Related forms
inextricability, inextricableness, noun
inextricably, adverb Unabridged
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  • The fate of health care legislation is inextricably linked to the economy.
  • Critics say research and good teaching are inextricably linked and that separating them doesn't make sense.
  • The two are not mutually exclusive but inextricably intertwined.
  • Evolution and extinction are inextricably linked together.
  • Although it must be said that these two lives are inextricably linked.
  • Since playoffs equals money the two are inextricably connected.
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  • In fact, emotional pain involves the same brain regions as physical pain, suggesting the two are inextricably connected.
  • These creatures have co-evolved with us for eons, and their biology is inextricably tied to ours.
  • Therefore, corporate sustainability and inclusive growth of poor people in the global marketplace will become inextricably linked.
British Dictionary definitions for inextricably


not able to be escaped from: an inextricable dilemma
not able to be disentangled, etc: an inextricable knot
extremely involved or intricate
Derived Forms
inextricability, inextricableness, noun
inextricably, 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
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