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[kom-i-tee] /ˈkɒm ɪ ti/
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.
Origin of comity
1535-45; < Latin cōmitās, equivalent to cōm(is) affable + -itās -ity Unabridged
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  • It does not satisfy the required conditions upon which alone the comity of nations would respect it.

    The Oregon Territory Travers Twiss
  • comity has a toll-gate at which you must pay, or you may not enter the land of Freedom.

  • But the comity of nations regards a public vessel as representing the sovereignty of the nation whose flag it bears.

    The Oregon Territory Travers Twiss
  • The Indian raised his hand, and oscillated it as a signal of comity.

    The Young Ranchers Edward S. Ellis
  • So the war went on between players and payers, and "Merrie England" became a byword of reproach in the comity of nations.

  • Of this law, probably, comity of nations is the chief component.

    The Arena Various
British Dictionary definitions for comity


noun (pl) -ties
mutual civility; courtesy
short for comity of nations
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

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

Word Origin

Latin comis 'courteous, friendly''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for comity

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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