Comity meaning

kŏmĭ-tē
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An atmosphere of social harmony.
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Courteous behavior; politeness; civility.
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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.

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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.
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Agreement among cooperating Christian denominations to avoid duplication of churches, missions, etc. in specific areas.
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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.
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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.
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Friendly understanding and mutual recognition between two entities, especially nations.
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Origin of comity

  • Latin cōmitās from cōmis friendly smei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French comité, from Latin comitas, from comis (“courteous”)

    From Wiktionary