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comity

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noun co·mi·ty \ˈkä-mə-tē, ˈkō-\

Definition of comity

plural co·mi·ties

  1. 1 a :  friendly social atmosphere :  social harmony <group activities promoting comity> b :  a loose widespread community based on common social institutions <the comity of civilization> c :  comity of nations d :  the informal and voluntary recognition by courts of one jurisdiction of the laws and judicial decisions of another

  2. 2 :  avoidance of proselytizing members of another religious denomination



Examples of comity

  1. <the comity that has always existed among the town's houses of worship>



Origin of comity

Latin comitat-, comitas, from comis courteous, probably from Old Latin cosmis, from com- + -smis (akin to Sanskrit smayate he smiles) — more at smile


First Known Use: 1543


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