extricate | extrication | extricable

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GRE

low

Banks

medium

Civil Services

medium

Meaning(s)

remove or set free

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extricate - release

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To ‘extricate’ somebody or something means to release them from an entanglement or difficulty. This formal word implies the use of skill and care to do so, as if it were a surgical procedure. For that reason, the act of extrication often requires a lot of diligence and planning. Most commonly used in a professional context.

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Synonyms emancipate
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  1. We urgently need to figure out a way to extricate ourselves from this deal. It is not at all advantageous to us.

  2. I was not willing to accept that there was no way out of our financial difficulties, so I called a meeting to discuss all possible means of extrication.

  3. Mark’s report was insubstantial and totally ineffectual. Only a few points of any worth were extricable from it.

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