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

Other Words from inextricable

inextricability \ ˌi-​nik-​ˌstri-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce inextricable (audio) , (ˌ)i-​ˌnek-​(ˌ)stri-​ \ noun
inextricably \ ˌi-​nik-​ˈstri-​kə-​blē How to pronounce inextricable (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 Over the past four decades, hip-hop and R. & B. have become increasingly inextricable from each other. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 25 Aug. 2021 Something that often gets left out of conversations about Western perfumery is its inextricable ties to colonialism. Genevieve Fullan, Longreads, 12 Apr. 2022 There's this connection between death and computing that is inextricable and inescapable in this history. Katie Hafner, Scientific American, 7 Apr. 2022 Andrews also finds Genesis inextricable from the environment and culture that produced it. Zuzana Prochazka, Robb Report, 20 Mar. 2022 Thanks to the country’s size, the car is inextricable from liberty in the popular imagination. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, 17 Mar. 2022 Agaves also serve as keystone species for human communities and have been an inextricable part of the culture and identity of the Mexican people for millennia. Janet Marinelli, Wired, 19 Feb. 2022 Sushi quickly wriggled out of its immigrant status to become a novelty — the culinary accessory to a particular kind of 1980s Hollywood lifestyle — and then, slowly but surely, an inextricable part of the city’s food culture. New York Times, 4 Jan. 2022 The images made on those devices are inextricable from the mechanics of the devices themselves. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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10 May 2022

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“Inextricable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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