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Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Definitions for comity

  1. A state of mutual harmony, friendship, and respect, especially between or among nations or people; civility.
  2. The courteous recognition by one nation of the laws and institutions of another.
  3. The group of nations observing international comity.

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Citations for comity
In Athens last week, E.U. leaders offered a picture of comity as they formally signed accession treaties with 10 new members. James Graff, Time Europe
Despite the image of civil-military comity during World War II, there were many differences between Franklin Roosevelt and his military advisers. Mackubin Thomas Owens, National Review
Origin of comity
1535-1545
Comity is from Latin comitas, from comis, "courteous."