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n. pl. com·i·ties
1. An atmosphere of social harmony.
3. 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.

[Latin cōmitās, from cōmis, friendly; see smei- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -ties
1. mutual civility; courtesy
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) short for comity of nations
3. (Theology) the policy whereby one religious denomination refrains from proselytizing the members of another
[C16: from Latin cōmitās, from cōmis affable, obliging, of uncertain origin]


(ˈkɒm ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. mutual courtesy; civility.
2. Also called com′ity of na′tions. courtesy between nations, as in respect shown by one country for the laws and institutions of another.
[1535–45; < Latin cōmitās=cōm(is) affable + -itās -ity]


See also: Agreement, Relationship
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.comity - a state or atmosphere of harmony or mutual civility and respect
concordance, concord, harmony - a harmonious state of things in general and of their properties (as of colors and sounds); congruity of parts with one another and with the whole
comity of nations - courteous respect by one nation for the laws and institutions of another
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The Japanese-Russian War took place in 1904, and the historians of the time gravely noted it down that that event marked the entrance of Japan into the comity of nations.
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.
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He argued that the review of the Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration of 1959 and eventual installation of 21 Ibadan Obas was meant to uplift the status of Ibadan in the comity of states.
The constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said that there should be comity in the administration of the national capital and the difference of opinion between the Lt.