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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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  • Electronic communication between them has yet to catch up with the new spirit of comity.
  • Ideological comity clearly outweighs intellectual integrity here.
  • Each episode in this elaborate dance has been designed to advance transatlantic comity a step.
  • The real purpose of that comity was quite self revealing.
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  • It arises in the knowledge of our own increased importance in the comity of nations.
  • It is much that the old comity of learning did not entirely die.
  • Appeals for legislative comity became a major theme of his speech.
  • But there's also an argument to be made from the point of view of comity between the disputing parties.
British Dictionary definitions for comity

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
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
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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