in·​ex·​tri·​ca·​ble | \ ˌi-nik-ˈstri-kə-bəl How to pronounce inextricable (audio) , (ˌ)i-ˈnek-(ˌ)stri- How to pronounce inextricable (audio) \

Definition of inextricable

1 : forming a maze or tangle from which it is impossible to get free
2a : incapable of being disentangled or untied an inextricable knot
b : not capable of being solved

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Other Words from inextricable

inextricability \ ˌi-​nik-​ˌstri-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce inextricability (audio) , (ˌ)i-​ˌnek-​(ˌ)stri-​ \ noun
inextricably \ ˌi-​nik-​ˈstri-​kə-​blē How to pronounce inextricably (audio) , (ˌ)i-​ˈnek-​(ˌ)stri-​ \ adverb

Examples of inextricable in a Sentence

He argues that there is an inextricable link between poverty and poor health.
Recent Examples on the Web The Gunslinger and the Minister Both Favre and White were inextricable from the Super Bowl success. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Desmond Howard's dagger helps the Packers win Super Bowl XXXI," 22 May 2020 Raw and thrilling, the sound of combustion is an inextricable part of the appeal of motorcycles. Motorcyclist Staff, Popular Science, "The five sexiest-sounding motorcycles," 22 May 2020 Because shadow banks are funded by loans and lines of credit from big banks, the failure of one is inextricable from the other. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, "The “Shadow Banks” Are Back, and Still Too Big to Fail," 27 Apr. 2020 Shula, who died Monday at the age of 90, was inextricable from my early football education. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Don Shula helped foster a love for NFL — even for a young Jets fan," 4 May 2020 And those who would deny rights, or benefits, to the undocumented may come to find that their well-being is inextricable from everyone else’s. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "The Risks Undocumented Workers Are Facing During the COVID-19 Pandemic," 13 Apr. 2020 That's not to say the social implications aren't clear in everything that Autumn must endure — the layers of bureaucracy, the intrusions and politicization that have become inextricable from such an intensely personal matter. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Why 'Never Rarely Sometimes Always' Is So Rare Among American Abortion Dramas," 2 Apr. 2020 Paul, not understanding the inextricable nature of race and gender, refused. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Why the Equal Rights Amendment Still Hasn't Been Adopted, Nearly a Century After It Was First Written," 19 Apr. 2020 Thank you for remembering that undocumented Californians are an inextricable part of our state. Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times, "California plans $125 million in relief to immigrants without legal status. Here are details," 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of inextricable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for inextricable

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin inextricabilis, from in- + extricabilis extricable

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“Inextricable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of inextricable

formal : impossible to separate : closely joined or related

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