Definition of comity
1a : friendly social atmosphere : social harmony group activities promoting comity bipartisan comity in the Senateb : a loose widespread community based on common social institutions the comity of civilizationc : comity of nations trans-Atlantic comityd : 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
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Examples of comity in a Sentence
the comity that has always existed among the town's houses of worship
Recent Examples of comity from the Web
Plus, the Senate is a body of comity and tradition.
At a gathering of the Group of 20 world economic powers - normally a venue for drab displays of international comity - there were tough clashes with the United States and even talk of a possible transatlantic trade war.
That was clear most recently in the moments of grace and comity that followed the horrible shooting incident targeting Republican members of Congress who were practicing for an interparty baseball game.
What's unclear is whether the justices can maintain their sense of comity through a term with tougher cases and a bruising confirmation battle.
A partisan showdown is brewing on the Senate Banking Committee — typically a bastion of comity — over Trump's nomination of former Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) to head the Export-Import Bank.
The finger-pointing came even as lawmakers on both sides called for unity, comity and a more civil political discourse.
Spirits were high for the night's Congressional Baseball Game, as players vowed for an especially robust display of comity.
Obama, like Bill Clinton before him, used judicial nominations as an opportunity for bipartisan comity.
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Our country soweth also in the field of our breasts many precious seeds, as … honest behavior, affability, comity, wrote English clergyman Thomas Becon in 1543. Becon's use is the earliest documented appearance of comity - a word derived from Latin comitas, meaning "courteousness" (and probably related to the Sanskrit word for "he smiles"). Comity is largely used in political and judicial contexts. Since 1862 comity of nations has referred to countries bound by a courteous relationship based on mutual recognition of executive, legislative, and judicial acts. And, in legal contexts, comity refers to the recognition by courts of one jurisdiction of the laws and judicial decisions of another.
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