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.
Recent Examples on the Web In Smith’s world, food and dining seemed inextricable from hosting and entertaining. Korsha Wilson, The New Yorker, "B. Smith Was the Consummate Host," 1 Mar. 2020 Of course, Amazon has products and services that are inextricable from the Amazon brand—namely, its Echo, Alexa, and Fire devices, Amazon Web Services, and its Prime program. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Why Amazon is the perfect platform for Lady Gaga’s new cosmetics line," 16 July 2019 For families like hers, desperate hope and searing dread are always linked, inextricable in the possibility of finding someone. Eric Ogden, Marie Claire, "The Invisible Victims," 10 June 2019 But so was its humor, which, in true Baumbach fashion, is inextricable from its pain: the machinery of divorce is just that awful and absurd. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Oscars 2020 Spotlight: Best Picture," 7 Feb. 2020 But in Albany, as usual, policy quickly became inextricable from politics. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "New York Rewrites Harassment Laws, but Some Say the Changes Fall Short," 30 Mar. 2018 Weathering seems to be an inextricable part of black maternal mortality. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "Biological Weathering and Its Deadly Effect on Black Mothers," 30 Sep. 2019 Why has music become such an inextricable part of the ad and branding space? Kevin Warwick, Billboard, "Clio Music Director Michael Kauffman Talks #Clio60, The 'Visceral Power' of Music," 23 Sep. 2019 Her life has spanned much of the state’s modern history, a story of growth inextricable from development. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "The Florida Activist Is 78. The Legal Judgment Against Her Is $4 Million.," 8 Sep. 2019

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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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“Inextricable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of inextricable

formal : impossible to separate : closely joined or related

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