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articles of incorporation:a document by which a corporation is formed that sets forth basic information (as the corporation's name, purpose, directors, and stock) usu. as required by statute see also certificate of incorporation compare bylaws charter NOTE: In most states a corporation is created upon the filing of the articles of incorporation with the secretary of state.
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