- The definition of comity means politeness or mutual courtesy.
- The peaceful coexistence of most of the nations in North America is an example of comity.
- An example of comity is when a classroom of children are all happily involved in a project.
comity definition by Webster's New World
- courteous behavior; politeness; civility
- comity of nations
- agreement among cooperating Christian denominations to avoid duplication of churches, missions, etc. in specific areas
- Law the principle by which the courts of one jurisdiction may give effect to the laws and decisions of another, or may stay their own proceedings in deference to those in another jurisdiction
Origin: Middle English comite, association ; from Classical Latin comitas ; from comis, polite, kind; earlier cosmis, probably ; from co- (see com-), with plush an unverified form smi-s ; from Indo-European base an unverified form smei-, to smile
comity definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. com·i·ties
- An atmosphere of social harmony.
- See comity of nations.
- The principle by which the courts of one jurisdiction may accede or give effect to the laws or decisions of another.
Origin: Latin cōmitās, from cōmis, friendly; see smei- in Indo-European roots.
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