1. A connected series of propositions; a system of rules. The subdivisions of a document, code, book, etc. A specification of distinct matters agreed upon or established by authority or requiring Judicial action. 2. A statute; as having its provisions articulately expressed under distinct heads. Several of the ancient English statutes were called “articles,” (articuli.) 3. A system of rules established by legal authority; as articles of war, articles of the navy, articles of faith, (see infra.) 4. A contractual document executed between parties, containing stipulations or terms of agreement; as articles of agreement, articles of partnership. 5. In chancery practice. A formal written statement of objections filed by a party, after depositions have been taken, showing ground for discrediting the witnesses.