clears all values, definitions, attributes, messages, and defaults associated with symbols.


clears all symbols whose names textually match any of the formi.


  • ClearAll allows abbreviated string patterns containing the following metacharacters:
  • *zero or more characters
    @one or more characters, excluding uppercase letters
  • ClearAll has attribute HoldFirst.
  • ClearAll does not affect symbols with the attributes Locked or Protected. »


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Basic Examples  (1)

Define values and attributes for a symbol:

Clear values and attributes:

Scope  (4)

Clear values of variables:

Clear functions (downvalues):

Clear upvalues:

Clear several symbols:

Generalizations & Extensions  (2)

Clear all symbols in a given context:

Specify symbols to clear as string patterns:

Applications  (2)

Clear any old definitions before making new ones:

Unprotect and clear all symbols in a package, to allow it to be read twice:

Properties & Relations  (2)

Clear does not remove defaults, options, or attributes:

Use ClearAll to clear everything:

Use =. to clear definitions with a particular left-hand side:

Clear all definitions:

Possible Issues  (1)

Protected symbols cannot be cleared:

Use Unprotect to clear definitions of protected symbols:

Neat Examples  (1)

Clear the definitions of all symbols in the current context:

Wolfram Research (1988), ClearAll, Wolfram Language function,


Wolfram Research (1988), ClearAll, Wolfram Language function,


Wolfram Language. 1988. "ClearAll." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research.


Wolfram Language. (1988). ClearAll. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from


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