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JavaScript delete Operator

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JavaScript delete Operator

The delete operator removes a property from an object.

On successful deletion, it will return true, else false will be returned.

The following are the key points to be noted while using delete operator.

  • If the property which you are trying to delete does not exist, delete will not have any effect and will return true.
  • Any property declared with const or let cannot be deleted from the scope within which they were defined.
  • Any property declared with var cannot be deleted from the global scope or from a function's scope.
  • Non-configurable properties such as built-in objects like Math, Array and methods like Object.defineProperty() cannot be removed.

Example

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<!DOCTYPE html> <html> <body> <p id="point"></p> <p id="point1"></p> <script> var x = document.getElementById("point"); var y = document.getElementById("point1"); var bike = {brand: "Honda", color: "red"}; x.innerHTML = bike.brand; delete bike.brand; y.innerHTML = bike.brand; </script> </body> </html>

Syntax

Using Dot Notation

delete object.propertyName

Using Bracket Notation

delete object["property"]

Parameter Values

ValueTypeExplanation
object Required The name of an object.
propertyName Required The property to delete.

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