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 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 Prosecutors hope to prove collusion among mobsters and public officials, politicians, business owners and members of secret lodges, an inextricable web of interests and favors, in Calabria and elsewhere in Italy. Gaia Pianigiani,, "Italy starts largest mob trial in decades," 13 Jan. 2021 The first Mughal ruler, Barbur, celebrated the inextricable link between fragrance and spiritual and sensual contentment, and this ethos percolated in the halls of Mughal courts for the next two centuries. Travel, "This ancient town is the perfume capital of India," 4 Jan. 2021 In that sense, the battle for moderate conservatism is now inextricable from a battle for liberal democracy itself. New York Times, "Andrew Sullivan on the War Within Conservatism and Why It Matters to All of Us," 24 Dec. 2020 One is the complex and often unpredictable payments that are inextricable from American health care. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "What could happen if people skip the second dose of the COVID vaccine," 24 Dec. 2020 One overarching quality that Mr. Swafford sees in Mozart is a kind of uncanny, mercurial ability to identify with both his characters and his instruments, the dramatic inextricable from the musical. Lloyd Schwartz, WSJ, "‘Mozart’ Review: The Composer as Novelist," 18 Dec. 2020 In the two-plus months since, Queen has become a bellwether for the team’s defense, his highlights and lowlights often inextricable from the Ravens’ own. Jonas Shaffer,, "Ravens rookie LB Patrick Queen has had an eye-catching season — for better and for worse," 20 Nov. 2020 The two identities are inextricable from one another, and the tension between the two poles is electric. Jessica Ferri, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Celia Paul is finally her own muse in the dazzling memoir ‘Self-Portrait’," 10 Nov. 2020 His dedication to Hunter is an inextricable part of this tragedy. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "The Tragedy of Joe Biden’s Triumph," 7 Nov. 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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English Language Learners Definition of inextricable

formal : impossible to separate : closely joined or related

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