transitive verb (-cated; -cating) Etymology: Latin extricatus, past participle of extricare, from ex- + tricae trifles, perplexities Date: 1601 1. a. archaic unravel b. to distinguish from a related thing 2. to free or remove from an entanglement or difficulty • extricable adjectiveextrication noun Synonyms: extricate, disentangle, untangle, disencumber, disembarrass mean to free from what binds or holds back. extricate implies the use of care or ingenuity in freeing from a difficult position or situation <
extricated himself from financial difficulties
. disentangle and untangle suggest painstaking separation of a thing from other things <
disentangling fact from fiction
untangle a web of deceit
. disencumber implies a release from something that clogs or weighs down <
an article disencumbered of jargon
. disembarrass suggests a release from something that impedes or hinders <
disembarrassed herself of her advisers

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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