noun, plural comities.
mutual courtesy; civility.
Also called comity of nations. courtesy between nations, as in respect shown by one country for the laws, judicial decisions, and institutions of another.

1535–45; < Latin cōmitās, equivalent to cōm(is) affable + -itās -ity Unabridged
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comity (ˈkɒmɪtɪ)
n , pl -ties
1.  mutual civility; courtesy
2.  short for comity of nations
3.  the policy whereby one religious denomination refrains from proselytizing the members of another
[C16: from Latin cōmitās, from cōmis affable, obliging, of uncertain origin]

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"courtesy," 1540s, from Fr. comité, from L. comitatem (nom. comitas) "courtesy, kindness, affability," from comis "courteous, friendly, kind." Phrase comity of nations attested from 1862.
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