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  • 1Impossible to disentangle or separate.

    ‘the past and the present are inextricable’
    • ‘Interpretation and attribution are also inextricable in relation to the theme of the painting.’
    • ‘What's missing are the historical contexts of our mixing of cultures and technologies, and how inextricable they have always been from relations of power.’
    • ‘MY family has been Christian for several centuries, living peacefully in a society in which various forms of religious worship are an inextricable dimension if not the very foundation of most lives.’
    • ‘Taking its title from a Pablo Neruda poem, the album's relationship to poetry is inextricable.’
    • ‘She depicted the inextricable relationship between the stories used to recover the values of the past and the entrepreneur - a relationship that challenged her belief in the transcendence of art.’
    • ‘How does one understand why people like Mrs. H do not attribute or link their low self-esteem directly to racism despite the inextricable relationship between the two?’
    • ‘More important, she highlights the inextricable relationship of the conditions of reciprocity to the meaning of one's subjectivity.’
    • ‘Further, it must have at its core belief, an awareness of the inextricable relationship between social justice and health equity.’
    • ‘In so doing, the church would seem to have vouchsafed the gospel's inextricable relationship to the First Testament.’
    • ‘From a logistical perspective, there has always been an inextricable relationship between events at sea and those on land.’
    • ‘It is about the inextricable relationship between freedom and truth.’
    • ‘Each nationality is inextricable from its religious identity.’
    • ‘When the collective whole is intolerable and evil, the individual is an inextricable part of the mixture - by virtue of having added his capabilities and talents.’
    • ‘It is the inseparable and inextricable nature of the bond between the skeleton and death which ensures that human bones are often perceived in a supernatural light that passes beyond common sense.’
    • ‘Surprise was expressed when a year passed and I had written practically nothing, though I had examined a large quantity of paper, then in almost inextricable confusion.’
    • ‘It is impossible, however, to split the duties in that manner without getting into inextricable confusion.’
    • ‘What emerges clearly from the situation in the airline industry is the inextricable link between the economic issues facing working people and the necessity for a new political perspective and a new political movement.’
    • ‘When they meet in an individual, the two are inextricable.’
    • ‘The individual, the community, the land are inextricable in the process of creating history.’
    inseparable, impossible to separate, indivisible, entangled, tangled, ravelled, mixed up, confused
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    1. 1.1Impossible to escape from.
      ‘an inextricable situation’
      • ‘The total and violent destruction of this woman is seen as the only way out of an inextricable situation.’
      • ‘The man has often shown an ability to get himself out of apparently inextricable situations and get his point across.’
      • ‘It is the moral maze which is the most inextricable and confusing.’
      • ‘The subjective experience of the human mind has been marginalised and the inextricable mutual dependence of body and mind within a unique individual ignored.’
      • ‘Then, somewhat more alarmingly, there is the hunger for a voluntarist transcendence of the limitations of history, the fantasy of escaping from the inextricable complications and complexities of the past into some pure state of agency.’
      • ‘This could have been solved in a couple of years; but the absence of textbooks rendered the matter inextricable, especially when this policy was linked to a xenophobic dimension.’
      • ‘In a 1999 version of Ellen Pau's work, mobility is a quality whose scope is restricted by its inextricable cyclicality.’
      • ‘And that in itself becomes the great terrible mystery of the film - the monstrous enigma that propels the townspeople towards some inexplicable, and therefore, inextricable, oblivion.’
      • ‘But most normal politicians don't make a life's work out of analyzing the inextricable link between personal freedom and a society's overall health.’
      • ‘Sometimes I get into seemingly inextricable trouble.’
      • ‘But the inextricable pull of politics, which is almost like a vein in the family tree, ultimately worked on both of them.’
      inescapable, impossible to escape from, unavoidable, unpreventable
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/ˌinekˈstrikəb(ə)l/ /ˌɪnɛkˈstrɪkəb(ə)l/ /ˌinikˈstrikəb(ə)l/ /ˌɪnɪkˈstrɪkəb(ə)l/ /ˌinˈekstrəkəb(ə)l/ /ˌɪnˈɛkstrəkəb(ə)l/


Mid 16th century from Latin inextricabilis, from in- ‘not’ + extricare ‘unravel’ (see extricate).