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

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 , (ˌ)i-​ˌnek-​(ˌ)stri-​ \ noun
inextricably \ ˌi-​nik-​ˈstri-​kə-​blē , (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.

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Even after two decades, residents vividly remember the inextricable link between the town and the murder. New York Times, "In Texas, a Decades-Old Hate Crime, Forgiven but Never Forgotten," 9 July 2018 Radicals might have insisted that illiberalism and state Zionism were inextricable; that the maintenance of a majority-Jewish nation in a predominantly Muslim region would inevitably require discriminatory policies. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Natalie Portman and the Crisis of Liberal Zionism," 26 Apr. 2018 Substantively, postwar liberals advocated an extension and expansion of the New Deal project while emphasizing, unlike some earlier Democrats, the inextricable connection between an egalitarian economic agenda and a commitment to civil rights. Sam Rosenfeld, Vox, "The Democratic Party is moving steadily leftward. So why does the left still distrust it?," 22 June 2018 The act of measurement — observation, by someone or something — becomes an inextricable part of the theory. James Gleick, New York Times, "What Does Quantum Physics Actually Tell Us About the World?," 8 May 2018 At 22, Ric Wilson has already unfurled a series of EPs that have established him as another in a long line of Young Chicago Authors alums whose music feels inextricable from the city in which it was created. Greg Kot,, "Ric Wilson authors melodic hip-hop on 'Banba'," 18 May 2018 Her dream of a supportive lover sets her apart from her fellow denizens of Covent Garden, where the cycle of poverty is inextricable from the cycle of abuse. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "Broadway’s Original Mansplainer," 23 Apr. 2018 China is an inextricable part of the global supply chain, producing the piece parts of cars, gadgets, bluejeans and practically anything else made by human hands. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Trump Says Getting Tough on Chinese Trade Will Empower U.S. He Risks the Opposite.," 22 Mar. 2018 Which seems to me the perfect physical manifestation of my grief — pieces of Sean absorbed into my own being, lodged in my brain and my heart, his loss now an inextricable part of my blood, my body, my life, my story. Shannon Leone Fowler, The Cut, "The Strange Pregnancy Fact That Helped Me Mourn My Fiancé’s Death," 19 Mar. 2018

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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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: impossible to separate : closely joined or related

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