- 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
comity of nations
- the friendly recognition accorded by one nation to the laws and usages of another
- 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 of nations
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."