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Given a list in Java, the task is to remove all the elements in the sublist whose index is between fromIndex, inclusive, and toIndex, exclusive. The range of the index is defined by the user.


Input list = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8], fromIndex = 2, endIndex = 4
Output [1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8]

Input list = [‘G’, ‘E’, ‘E’, ‘G’, ‘G’, ‘K’, ‘S’], fromIndex = 3, endIndex = 5
Output [‘G’, ‘E’, ‘E’, ‘K’, ‘S’]

  • Method 1: Using subList() and clear() method


    List.subList(int fromIndex, int toIndex).clear()


    // Java code to remove a subList using
    // subList(a, b).clear() method
    import java.util.*;
    public class AbstractListDemo {
        public static void main(String args[])
            // Creating an empty AbstractList
                list = new LinkedList<String>();
            // Using add() method
            // to add elements in the list
            // Output the list
            System.out.println("Original List: "
                               + list);
            // subList and clear method
            // to remove elements
            // specified in the range
            list.subList(1, 3).clear();
            // Print the final list
            System.out.println("Final List: "
                               + list);



    Original List: [GFG, for, Geeks, computer, portal]
    Final List: [GFG, computer, portal]

    Note: Classes which can inherit AbstractList:

  • Method 2: Using removeRange() method


    List.removeRange(int fromIndex, int toIndex)


    // Java code to remove a subList
    // using removeRange() method
    import java.util.*;
    // since removeRange() is a protected method
    // ArrayList has to be extend the class
    public class GFG extends ArrayList<Integer> {
        public static void main(String[] args)
            // create an empty array list
            GFG arr = new GFG();
            // use add() method
            // to add values in the list
            // prints the list before removing
            System.out.println("Original List: "
                               + arr);
            // removing elements in the list
            // from index 2 to 4
            arr.removeRange(2, 4);
            System.out.println("Final List: "
                               + arr);



    Original List: [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]
    Final List: [1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8]

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Last Updated : 18 Jan, 2019
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