Extrication is when you set someone or something free. If your dog gets tangled in your neighbor's hammock, she might require some extrication.

The act of getting someone out of a physically tangled or otherwise complicated situation is extrication. When you unwind the yarn your cat is twisted in, that's extrication. And when you get your friend out of a complicated legal situation, that's also extrication. When you get yourself out of a difficult or awkward circumstance, that's also extrication. The Latin root is extricare, from ex, "out," and tricae, "perplexities or hindrances."

Definitions of extrication

n the act of releasing from a snarled or tangled condition

disentanglement, unsnarling, untangling
Type of:
freeing, liberation, release
the act of liberating someone or something

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