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Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Definitions for comity

  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.

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Citations for comity
To this serene, this lovely state of being / within this comity of citizens, / joined in good faith, this dwelling-place so sweet … Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), translated by Mark Musa, The Divine Comedy: Paradise, 1984
I believe I had no money to buy them, but there was an open account, or a comity, between the printer and the bookseller, and I must have been allowed a certain discretion in regard to getting books. William Dean Howells, My Literary Passions, 1895
Origin of comity
1535-1545
Comity derives from the Latin term cōmis meaning "affable." It entered English in the mid-1500s.