in·ex·tri·ca·ble (ĭn-ĕkstrĭ-kə-bəl, ĭn′ĭk-strĭkə-bəl)
a. So intricate or entangled as to make escape impossible: an inextricable maze; an inextricable web of deceit.
b. Difficult or impossible to disentangle or untie: an inextricable tangle of threads.
c. Too involved or complicated to solve: an inextricable problem.
2. Unavoidable; inescapable: bound together by an inextricable fate.
in·ex′tri·ca·bili·ty, in·extri·ca·ble·ness n.
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