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comity

[kom-i-tee] /ˈkɒm ɪ ti/
noun, plural comities.
1.
mutual courtesy; civility.
2.
Also called comity of nations. courtesy between nations, as in respect shown by one country for the laws, judicial decisions, and institutions of another.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin cōmitās, equivalent to cōm(is) affable + -itās -ity
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comity

/ˈkɒmɪtɪ/
noun (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
Word Origin
C16: from Latin cōmitās, from cōmis affable, obliging, of uncertain origin
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Contemporary definitions for comity-nations
noun

a state of mutual harmony, friendship, and respect, esp. between or among nations or people; civility

Word Origin

Latin comis 'courteous, friendly'

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Word Origin and History for comity-nations

comity

n.

early 15c., "association," from French comité, from Latin comitas "courtesy, friendliness, kindness, affability," from comis "courteous, friendly, kind," of uncertain origin. Meaning "courtesy" in English is from 1540s. Phrase comity of nations attested from 1862: "The obligation recognized by civilized nations to respect each other's laws and usages as far as their separate interests allow."

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