- mutual courtesy; civility.
- 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 of comity
Examples from the Web for comity
Republicans have pushed every procedural edge as a minority, undermining the basic trust and comity of the institution.John McCain to the Rescue as Senate Deal Breaks Nominee Logjam
July 17, 2013
Part of the reason for the comity in the wake of Sandy is that they have been co-captaining the same ship for quite a while now.In Sandy’s Aftermath, Chris Christie, Andrew Cuomo Make Unlikely Team
November 30, 2012
After a bitter election season, bipartisanship and comity are in vogue.Fiscal Cliff Hostage Situation Day 14: The Thelma & Louise Caucus
November 21, 2012
While not an enormous policy step, it was a powerful symbol of civility and comity.No Labels, a Nonpartisan Group, Unveils Its Plan to Fix Congress
December 12, 2011
Comity has a toll-gate at which you must pay, or you may not enter the land of Freedom.Strictly Business
The Indian raised his hand, and oscillated it as a signal of comity.The Young Ranchers
Edward S. Ellis
Of this law, probably, comity of nations is the chief component.The Arena
She had forced her way into the comity of the great nations.
Nor can you urge this recognition on any principle of Comity of Nations.Charles Sumner; His Complete Works, Volume X (of 20)
- mutual civility; courtesy
- short for comity of nations
- the policy whereby one religious denomination refrains from proselytizing the members of another
Word Origin and History for comity
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."