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Sunday, August 24, 2008

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
Comity derives from the Latin term cōmis meaning "affable." It entered English in the mid-1500s.