1. from which one cannot extricate oneself: an inextricable maze.
  2. incapable of being disentangled, undone, loosed, or solved: an inextricable knot.
  3. hopelessly intricate, involved, or perplexing: inextricable confusion.


  1. not able to be escaped froman inextricable dilemma
  2. not able to be disentangled, etcan inextricable knot
  3. extremely involved or intricate

early 15c., from Latin inextricabilis “that cannot be disentangled,” from in- “not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) + extricare (see extricate). Related: Inextricably.

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