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.

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After all, art and religion were inextricable for Sister Wendy. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Sister Wendy Beckett, the Nun Who Made Art History Into Must-Watch TV, Has Died," 27 Dec. 2018 Catwalking/Getty Images Lyons was the subject of magazine profiles and a frequent flyer at the Met Gala, fashion’s biggest event of the year, and her presence is inextricable from J.Crew’s popularity during this era. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Jenna Lyons, the former powerhouse behind J.Crew, finally announced her next move," 9 Oct. 2018 On numerous occasions as president, Mr. Bush invoked the Frenchman when explaining that service and freedom are inextricable in American life. C. Boyden Gray And, WSJ, "Here’s the Point of ‘Points of Light’," 1 Oct. 2018 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

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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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