# Lexicographically smallest string formed by removing at most one character

Given a string **str**, the task is to find the lexicographically smallest string that can be formed by removing at most one character from the given string.

**Examples:**

Input:str = "abcda"Output:abca One can remove 'd' to get "abca" which is the lexicographically smallest string possible.Input:str = "aaa'Output:aa

**Approach**: Traverse the string and delete the i-th character at the first point where **s[i]>s[i+1]**. If in case there is no such character then delete the last character in the string.

Below is the implementation of the above approach:

## C++

`// C++ program to find the lexicographically` `// smallest string by removing at most one character` `#include <bits/stdc++.h>` `using` `namespace` `std;` `// Function to return the smallest string` `string smallest(string s)` `{` ` ` `int` `l = s.length();` ` ` `string ans = ` `""` `;` ` ` `// iterate the string` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = 0; i < l-1; i++) {` ` ` `// first point where s[i]>s[i+1]` ` ` `if` `(s[i] > s[i + 1]) {` ` ` `// append the string without` ` ` `// i-th character in it` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `j = 0; j < l; j++) {` ` ` `if` `(i != j)` ` ` `ans += s[j];` ` ` `}` ` ` `return` `ans;` ` ` `}` ` ` `}` ` ` `// leave the last character` ` ` `ans = s.substr(0., l - 1);` ` ` `return` `ans;` `}` `// Driver Code` `int` `main()` `{` ` ` `string s = ` `"abcda"` `;` ` ` `cout << smallest(s);` ` ` `return` `0;` `}` |

## Java

`// Java program to find the lexicographically` `// smallest String by removing at most one character` `class` `GFG {` `// Function to return the smallest String` ` ` `static` `String smallest(String s) {` ` ` `int` `l = s.length();` ` ` `String ans = ` `""` `;` ` ` `// iterate the String` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = ` `0` `; i < l-` `1` `; i++) {` ` ` `// first point where s[i]>s[i+1]` ` ` `if` `(s.charAt(i) > s.charAt(i + ` `1` `)) {` ` ` `// append the String without` ` ` `// i-th character in it` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `j = ` `0` `; j < l; j++) {` ` ` `if` `(i != j) {` ` ` `ans += s.charAt(j);` ` ` `}` ` ` `}` ` ` `return` `ans;` ` ` `}` ` ` `}` ` ` `// leave the last character` ` ` `ans = s.substring(` `0` `, l - ` `1` `);` ` ` `return` `ans;` ` ` `}` `// Driver Code` ` ` `public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args) {` ` ` `String s = ` `"abcda"` `;` ` ` `System.out.println(smallest(s));` ` ` `}` `}` `/* This code is contributed by 29AjayKumar*/` |

## Python3

`# Python3 program to find the lexicographically` `# smallest string by removing at most one character` `# Function to return the smallest string` `def` `smallest(s):` ` ` `l ` `=` `len` `(s)` ` ` `ans ` `=` `""` ` ` `# iterate the string` ` ` `for` `i ` `in` `range` `(l` `-` `1` `):` ` ` `# first point where s[i]>s[i+1]` ` ` `if` `(s[i] > s[i ` `+` `1` `]):` ` ` `# append the string without` ` ` `# i-th character in it` ` ` `for` `j ` `in` `range` `(l):` ` ` `if` `(i !` `=` `j):` ` ` `ans ` `+` `=` `s[j]` ` ` ` ` `return` `ans` ` ` `# leave the last character` ` ` `ans ` `=` `s[` `0` `: l ` `-` `1` `]` ` ` `return` `ans` `# Driver Code` `if` `__name__ ` `=` `=` `"__main__"` `:` ` ` `s ` `=` `"abcda"` ` ` `print` `(smallest(s))` `# This code is contributed by ita_c` |

## C#

`// C# program to find the lexicographically` `// smallest String by removing at most` `// one character` `using` `System;` `class` `GFG` `{` `// Function to return the` `// smallest String` `static` `String smallest(String s)` `{` ` ` `int` `l = s.Length;` ` ` `String ans = ` `""` `;` ` ` `// iterate the String` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = 0; i < l-1; i++)` ` ` `{` ` ` `// first point where s[i]>s[i+1]` ` ` `if` `(s[i] > s[i + 1])` ` ` `{` ` ` `// append the String without` ` ` `// i-th character in it` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `j = 0; j < l; j++)` ` ` `{` ` ` `if` `(i != j)` ` ` `{` ` ` `ans += s[j];` ` ` `}` ` ` `}` ` ` `return` `ans;` ` ` `}` ` ` `}` ` ` `// leave the last character` ` ` `ans = s.Substring(0, l - 1);` ` ` `return` `ans;` `}` `// Driver Code` `public` `static` `void` `Main()` `{` ` ` `String s = ` `"abcda"` `;` ` ` `Console.Write(smallest(s));` `}` `}` `// This code is contributed by 29AjayKumar` |

## Javascript

`<script>` `// Javascript program to find the lexicographically` `// smallest String by removing at most one character` ` ` ` ` `// Function to return the smallest String` ` ` `function` `smallest(s)` ` ` `{` ` ` `let l = s.length;` ` ` `let ans = ` `""` `;` ` ` ` ` `// iterate the String` ` ` `for` `(let i = 0; i < l-1; i++)` ` ` `{` ` ` ` ` `// first point where s[i]>s[i+1]` ` ` `if` `(s[i] > s[i+1]) {` ` ` ` ` `// append the String without` ` ` `// i-th character in it` ` ` `for` `(let j = 0; j < l; j++) {` ` ` `if` `(i != j) {` ` ` `ans += s[j];` ` ` `}` ` ` `}` ` ` `return` `ans;` ` ` `}` ` ` `}` ` ` ` ` `// leave the last character` ` ` `ans = s.substring(0, l - 1);` ` ` `return` `ans;` ` ` `}` ` ` ` ` `// Driver Code` ` ` `let s = ` `"abcda"` `;` ` ` `document.write(smallest(s));` `// This code is contributed by rag2127` `</script>` |

**Output**

abca