comity


co·mi·ty

noun \ˈkä-mə-tē, ˈkō-\
plural co·mi·ties

Definition of COMITY

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
:  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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