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An article is a legal rule that can be set out under a statute, a code, or a paragraph in a legal document. Articles usually refer to matters that have been agreed upon by the supervising authority. For example, in contracts, an article under the UCC can set out a list of contractual obligations between parties. It can regulate the parties conduct, their duties, expectations, measure of damages in cases of breach and how to resolve conflicts. Under the Constitution of the United States, there are  seven articles which describe the way the government is structured and how it operates. These articles establish the relationship of the states in rapport to the Federal Government and holds that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land. 

[Last updated in November of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]