- 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.
- 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 of comityMiddle English comite, association ; from Classical Latin comitas ; from comis, polite, kind; earlier cosmis, probably ; from co- (see com-), with + an unverified form smi-s ; from Indo-European base an unverified form smei-, to smile
- An atmosphere of social harmony.
- See comity of nations.
- Law The principle by which a court in one jurisdiction defers to a court in another jurisdiction where either would have legal power to decide the case, or gives effect to the laws, executive acts, or legal decisions of another jurisdiction.
Origin of comityLatin cōmitās, from cōmis, friendly; see smei- in Indo-European roots.
comity - Legal Definition
The deference and recognition that the courts of one jurisdiction give to the law and the judicial decisions and proceedings of another jurisdiction as a matter of courtesy and respect rather than out of obligation. For example, comity normally prevents a federal court from interfering with a state criminal action. Likewise, American courts usually recognize the judicial decisions (for example, a judgment or a divorce decree) of another country if it is determined that the judicial procedures of that country are substantially fair. See also abstention, full faith and credit, and relinquishment.