The DROP DATABASE statement in MySQL is used to delete an existing database. Be very careful when using this statement, as it permanently removes all data and objects within the specified database. Here’s an example of how to use the DROP DATABASE statement to delete a database named “example_database”:

DROP DATABASE example_database;

Executing this statement will delete the “example_database” along with all its tables, views, procedures, and other objects. There is no way to undo this operation, so ensure you have a proper backup of the data if you need to retain it.

Before executing the DROP DATABASE statement, make sure you have appropriate privileges. Typically, the DROP privilege on the MySQL server is required to delete databases.

It’s a good practice to double-check the database name and take a backup of the data before executing the DROP DATABASE statement, especially in production environments, to avoid accidental data loss.