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 for Articles of impeachment
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Impeachment \Im*peach"ment\, n. [Cf. F. emp[^e]chement.]
     The act of impeaching, or the state of being impeached; as:
     (a) Hindrance; impediment; obstruction. [Obs.]
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               Willing to march on to Calais,
               Without impeachment.                 --Shak.
     (b) A calling to account; arraignment; especially, of a
         public officer for maladministration.
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               The consequence of Coriolanus' impeachment had like
               to have been fatal to their state.   --Swift.
     (c) A calling in question as to purity of motives, rectitude
         of conduct, credibility, etc.; accusation; reproach; as,
         an impeachment of motives. --Shak.
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     Note: In England, it is the privilege or right of the House
           of Commons to impeach, and the right of the House of
           Lords to try and determine impeachments. In the United
           States, it is the right of the House of Representatives
           to impeach, and of the Senate to try and determine
           impeachments.
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     Articles of impeachment. See under Article.
  
     Impeachment of waste (Law), restraint from, or
        accountability for, injury; also, a suit for damages for
        injury. --Abbott.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Article \Ar"ti*cle\, n. [F., fr. L. articulus, dim. of artus
     joint, akin to Gr. ?, fr. a root ar to join, fit. See Art,
     n.]
     1. A distinct portion of an instrument, discourse, literary
        work, or any other writing, consisting of two or more
        particulars, or treating of various topics; as, an article
        in the Constitution. Hence: A clause in a contract, system
        of regulations, treaty, or the like; a term, condition, or
        stipulation in a contract; a concise statement; as,
        articles of agreement.
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     2. A literary composition, forming an independent portion of
        a magazine, newspaper, or cyclopedia.
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     3. Subject; matter; concern; distinct. [Obs.]
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              A very great revolution that happened in this
              article of good breeding.             --Addison.
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              This last article will hardly be believed. --De Foe.
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     4. A distinct part. "Upon each article of human duty."
        --Paley. "Each article of time." --Habington.
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              The articles which compose the blood. --E. Darwin.
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     5. A particular one of various things; as, an article of
        merchandise; salt is a necessary article.
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              They would fight not for articles of faith, but for
              articles of food.                     --Landor.
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     6. Precise point of time; moment. [Obs. or Archaic]
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              This fatal news coming to Hick's Hall upon the
              article of my Lord Russell's trial, was said to have
              had no little influence on the jury and all the
              bench to his prejudice.               --Evelyn.
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     7. (Gram.) One of the three words, a, an, the, used before
        nouns to limit or define their application. A (or an) is
        called the indefinite article, the the definite article.
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     8. (Zool.) One of the segments of an articulated appendage.
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     Articles of Confederation, the compact which was first made
        by the original thirteen States of the United States. They
        were adopted March 1, 1781, and remained the supreme law
        until March, 1789.
  
     Articles of impeachment, an instrument which, in cases of
        impeachment, performs the same office which an indictment
        does in a common criminal case.
  
     Articles of war, rules and regulations, fixed by law, for
        the better government of the army.
  
     In the article of death [L. in articulo mortis], at the
        moment of death; in the dying struggle.
  
     Lords of the articles (Scot. Hist.), a standing committee
        of the Scottish Parliament to whom was intrusted the
        drafting and preparation of the acts, or bills for laws.
        
  
     The Thirty-nine Articles, statements (thirty-nine in
        number) of the tenets held by the Church of England.
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From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT. An instrument which, in cases of impeachment, (q.v.)
  is used, and performs the same office which an indictment does, in a
  common criminal case, is known by this name. These articles do not usually
  pursue the strict form and accuracy of an indictment., Wood. Lect. 40, p.
  605; Foster, 389, 390; Com. Dig. Parliament, L 21. They are sometimes quite
  general in the form of the allegations, but always contain, or ought to
  contain, so much certainty, as to enable the party to put himself on the
  proper defence, and in case of an acquittal, to avail himself of it, as a
  bar to another impeachment. Additional articles may, perhaps, be exhibited
  at any stage of the prosecution. Story on the Sec. 806; Rawle on the Const.
  216.
       2. The answer to articles of impeachment is exempted from observing
  great strictness of form; and it may contain arguments as well as facts. It
  is usual to give a full and particular answer to each article of the
  accusation. Story, Sec. 808.
  
  

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