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)
: forming a maze or tangle from which it is impossible to get free
: incapable of being disentangled or untied
an inextricable knot
: not capable of being solved
ˌi-nik-ˌstri-kə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce inextricable (audio)
ˌi-nik-ˈstri-kə-blē How to pronounce inextricable (audio)

Examples of inextricable in a Sentence

He argues that there is an inextricable link between poverty and poor health.
Recent Examples on the Web Indeed, last night’s ceremony — the awards for books vociferous in their condemnation of oppression, and the calls for freedom, human dignity, and lasting peace for all — served as a reminder that literature is inextricable from the cause of humanity. Julie Kosin, Vulture, 16 Nov. 2023 For teens, the conversation on mental health and social media means developing healthful habits around the platforms, which have become nearly inextricable parts of their lives. Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2023 There is a small but passionate group of Betsey collectors, many of whom are now in their thirties, and have fond memories of the brand that have become inextricable from their teens and early twenties. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 8 Sep. 2023 Spinoza was infamous for his sometimes inscrutable variety of pantheism, in which God no longer sits outside Nature, paring his fingernails (James Joyce’s joke), but effectively is Nature, inextricable from it. James Wood, The New Yorker, 4 Sep. 2023 For me, the cultures and the political perspectives are so inextricable from the food. Hazlitt, 16 Aug. 2023 For him, the silliness of the show is inextricable from its glory. Han Ong, The New Yorker, 16 Oct. 2023 The documentary posits these facts as inextricable, pointing to the toilet paper problem as one with multifaceted, long-lasting effects. Meredith Woerner, Variety, 31 Aug. 2023 Many Native Hawaiian organizers on the ground have pointed to U.S. interference as inextricable from the tragedy itself. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 25 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of inextricable was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Inextricable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


in·​ex·​tri·​ca·​ble ˌin-ik-ˈstrik-ə-bəl How to pronounce inextricable (audio) (ˈ)in-ˈek-(ˌ)strik- How to pronounce inextricable (audio)
: impossible to untangle or to get free from
an inextricable knot
inextricably adverb
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