noun (plural comities)formal
1An association of nations for their mutual benefit.
- The comity between Canada and the United States is testimony to the strength of liberal peace.
- It is, in essence, similar in approach to the agreement concluded with the United States, and takes the same approach towards comity.
- Secondly, that the undertaking was issued for reasons of comity between nations.
1.1 (also comity of nations) [mass noun] The mutual recognition by nations of the laws and customs of others.
- Working together, we shall ensure that this ancient, sacred land of ours regains its rightful place in the comity of nations.
- France was made to disgorge the enormous gains she had made under Napoleon, but there was no attempt to reduce her to a second-rate power and she was speedily welcomed back into the comity of nations.
- This is the cruel reality of what passes for an " international community " and the comity of nations…
2 [mass noun] Courtesy and considerate behaviour towards others: a show of public comity in the White House
More example sentences
- Considerations of comity arise in the one case but not in the other.
- They are the important considerations of comity and convenience.
- It would be nice if we could have some civility and comity for awhile; this is exhausting and mostly unproductive.
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