Definition of comity in English:


Syllabification: com·i·ty
Pronunciation: /ˈkämitē

noun (plural comities)

  • 1Courtesy and considerate behavior toward others.
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    • 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.
  • 2An association of nations for their mutual benefit.
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    • 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.
  • 2.1 (also comity of nations) The mutual recognition by nations of the laws and customs of others.
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    • 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…


mid 16th century (sense 1): from Latin comitas, from comis 'courteous'.

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