noun, plural com·i·ties.
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What does comity mean?
Comity means mutual respect or civility. When two people or groups show comity, they behave toward each other in a way that’s respectful, courteous, and polite.
The term is used in a more specific way to refer to mutual respect demonstrated by two nations, especially by respecting and abiding by each other’s laws and judicial decisions. This is sometimes referred to by the phrase comity of nations.
Example: The two nations have a long tradition of comity, which makes the recent disagreement about extradition seem very unusual.
Where does comity come from?
The first records of comity come from the 1500s. It comes from the Latin word cōmitās, from cōm(is), meaning “affable” or “friendly.” The suffix -ity is used to form abstract nouns that refer to a state or condition. When these elements are considered together, comity can be seen generally as a state of friendliness.
The term comity can refer to a sense of civility among two people or two groups in any setting. But it is especially used in the context of international law and business. In a legal sense, comity is the principle of respecting the laws of another entity. The phrase judicial comity refers to a court respecting the rulings of another jurisdiction. When used in the phrase comity of nations, comity refers to an interaction between countries in which each follows the laws of the other.
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What are some other forms related to comity?
- comities (plural)
What are some synonyms for comity?
What are some words that share a root or word element with comity?
- comity of nations
What are some words that often get used in discussing comity?
How is comity used in real life?
Comity is most frequently used in political or legal contexts to describe the practice of recognizing the rules or laws of another party. It is also used more generally to describe a state of mutual respect between parties.
In this article, I suggest comity & act of state doctrine not appropriate tools for constitutional courts adjudicating on extraterritorial exercises of state power. Article has 2018 date, but published late 2019. Ecopy here: https://t.co/ZaafGzpZ3r #internationalaw #auspublaw
— Dr. Danielle Ireland-Piper (@IrelandPiper) April 23, 2020
The ecumenical movement is not very interesting if it is simply an apparatus for practical comity and joint political agitation 1/2
— Robert W. Jenson (@RobertWJenson1) April 21, 2020
I have a dream that Nigeria will come to regard one another as their brother’s keepers.
I have a dream that Nigeria will take her proper place in the comity of nations and will be one of the leading nations of the world. https://t.co/euKre4AYQ0
— 𝔼𝕤𝕡í𝕣𝕚𝕥𝕦🔰 (@___Chindo) December 21, 2019
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How to use comity in a sentence
Progressive activists who are looking at Washington and questioning whether the Beltway wisdom of moderation, compromise and comity makes sense in Richmond.It’s Eerily Like 2009 in Virginia’s Gubernatorial Primary|Philip Elliott|June 8, 2021|Time
The simple comity of now-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell toward House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was greeted by observers like gladiatorial detente.
And the newfound comity in Congress might ease the path for raising the debt ceiling early next year with a minimum of drama.With the Ryan-Murray Deal, Washington Stops Hurting the Economy|Daniel Gross|December 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Eleanor Clift|July 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But... There are one or two matters we need to clear up, in the interests of transatlantic comity.
Since greed tended to prevail over comity, the Great Plains bred depressives and sociopaths.
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|David Freedlander|November 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
When shall we see some real comity of nations in these matters of international marriage and divorce?Marriage la mode|Mrs. Humphry Ward
A comity iv ladies wud make Congress repeal th' ten commandments.
They'd been there befure an' dhriven th' Demon Rum fr'm th' resthrant into a lair in th' comity room.
We found them, wherever they were encountered, a people of friendly manners and comity.
Nothing so bold had ever been attempted since Christendom had 254 grown into the comity of nations it now was.The Makers of Modern Rome|Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant