Definition of comity in English:


nounPlural comities

  • 1An association of nations for their mutual benefit.

    • ‘From these conversations we can be led to common action - for our shared environment, for human rights, for the simple enjoyment of comity.’
    • ‘From them we seek no advice or comity, and to them we will give no quarter.’
    • ‘It is about state comity and cooperation, and mutual respect.’
    • ‘Consequently, the qualification reflects the need for comity between the institutions of government.’
    • ‘The comity between Canada and the United States is testimony to the strength of liberal peace.’
    • ‘Secondly, that the undertaking was issued for reasons of comity between nations.’
    • ‘It is, in essence, similar in approach to the agreement concluded with the United States, and takes the same approach towards comity.’
    • ‘No, the story makes clear that the majority of Canadians still oppose the war; this has more to do with the long tradition of Canadian-American comity.’
    friendship, friendliness, peace, peacefulness, peaceableness, harmony, harmoniousness, understanding, accord, concord, concurrence, cooperation, amicableness, goodwill, cordiality, warmth, geniality, fellowship, fraternity, brotherhood, brotherliness
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    1. 1.1mass noun The mutual recognition by nations of the laws and customs of others.
      • ‘That at the heart of it is an international comity, reinforced perhaps by international law, that we respect each other's right to govern the internal economy of their ships.’
      • ‘Only such a place, free from its terrorists and morally corrupt people would deserve a place in the comity of modern nations.’
      • ‘France was made to disgorge the enormous gains she had made under Napoleon, but there was no attempt to reduce her to a second-rate power and she was speedily welcomed back into the comity of nations.’
      • ‘Again Magnusson says that Scott tried ‘to manipulate history to suit the Enlightenment views: the 1707 Act of Union had brought Scotland into the comity of civilised nations’.’
      • ‘This is the cruel reality of what passes for an " international community " and the comity of nations…’
      • ‘Well in some respects this is a welcome back to the comity of cricket nations for South Africa.’
      • ‘The principle of comity will gain increasing importance as the courts of several jurisdictions must deal with parallel litigation that impacts upon the citizens across those several jurisdictions.’
      • ‘But comity is more a custom than an obligation, and neither the states nor the federal government are compelled to extend the courtesy to every couple wed abroad.’
      • ‘It is upon this comity of nations that international legal assistance rests.’
      • ‘The reason that we and other countries have such rules is to respect comity between nations.’
      • ‘Working together, we shall ensure that this ancient, sacred land of ours regains its rightful place in the comity of nations.’
      • ‘But judicial comity requires restraint, based on mutual respect not only for the integrity of one another's process, but also for one another's procedural and substantive laws.’
      • ‘Promote international cooperation and respect for comity among the Courts.’
      • ‘When this happens our courts are not considered to act in breach of comity.’
      • ‘It would also raise the status of India in the comity of nations.’
      • ‘But it is important to recognise the nature of the rules of comity in public international law.’
  • 2mass noun Courtesy and considerate behaviour towards others.

    ‘a show of public comity in the White House’
    • ‘He doesn't want compromise and comity.’
    • ‘It would be nice if we could have some civility and comity for awhile; this is exhausting and mostly unproductive.’
    • ‘In calling for civility, courage, compassion, and character, he spoke to the desire of many for greater national comity and citizen accountability.’
    • ‘They are the important considerations of comity and convenience.’
    • ‘Unlike other countries where sectarian conflicts have flared among members of different religious groups, religious comity in the country is enviable.’
    • ‘The issue is fundamentally one of the fitness of things - of the comity of my learned friends appearing on both sides of the table, as it were, in respect of what is fundamentally the same factual matrix.’
    • ‘Considerations of comity arise in the one case but not in the other.’
    • ‘Still she scorns the producers for excluding a black presence in a film, which she says was ‘meant to restore America's sense of comity, joint endeavor, and high moral purpose.’’
    • ‘No doubt, they tend to promote more comity in public debates through prior association.’
    courtesy, courteousness, politeness, good manners, mannerliness, gentlemanliness, chivalry, gallantry, graciousness, consideration, respect, gentility
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Mid 16th century (in comity (sense 2)): from Latin comitas, from comis ‘courteous’.