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Dealing with containers such as lists or arrays you may want to code a condition like ‘does the array A contains an element (equal to) e’.
How to do this in bash? There are vivid discussions about this issue on relevant sites. As stated by tokland at

It’s an old question.

A frequently proposed solution is this.

A=(4 12 35 43)
if [[ ${A[@]} =~ $e ]] ; then
    echo "e=$e is in A"

It works fine under certain conditions.

e=5 is in A

If you actually want to rely on the outcome you should iterate over the array, see check-if-an-array-contains-a-value. This comes quite handy and you can even save some lines by using ;.