[ kom-i-tee ]
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noun,plural com·i·ties.
  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.

Origin of comity

First recorded in 1535–45; from Latin cōmitās, equivalent to cōm(is) “affable” + -itās -ity

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British Dictionary definitions for comity


/ (ˈkɒmɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. mutual civility; courtesy

  1. the policy whereby one religious denomination refrains from proselytizing the members of another

Origin of comity

C16: from Latin cōmitās, from cōmis affable, obliging, of uncertain origin

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