del

Published Jul 11, 2022
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The del keyword is used to remove an object from the namespace of a Python shell or environment.

Syntax

del object

Depending on the object, the del keyword will do one of the following:

  • Plain deletion where the name of the object variable is removed from the local/global namespace.
  • Recursive deletion where any inner elements or attributes of the object (e.g., lists and classes) are deleted as well.
    • These inner elements can include list items and class attributes.
  • Slicing of specific inner elements in a sequence.

Codebyte Example

The following example showcases some uses of the del keyword:

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