comity


comity
comity
pronounced kom-i-ti, means ‘considerate behaviour towards others’. It has a special meaning in international law, occurring often in the semi-fixed expression comity of nations (or peoples, etc.), of ‘the mutual recognition by nations of the laws and customs of others’:

• …should be borne in mind that these are matters which affect the comity of nations —Weekly Law Reports, 1992.

It should not be used in the weaker meaning ‘a group of nations that are well disposed to one another’, although this is often found in print, e.g.

• There were voices which spoke for Russia in the comity of civilised people other than those of ministers and Tsars —Peter Ustinov, 1983.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • comity — co·mi·ty / kä mə tē, kō / n 1: comity of nations 2: the informal and voluntary recognition by courts of one jurisdiction of the laws and judicial decisions of another – called also judicial comity; compare choice of law …   Law dictionary

  • Comity — Com i*ty, n.; pl. {Comities}. [L. comitas, fr. comis courteous, kind.] Mildness and suavity of manners; courtesy between equals; friendly civility; as, comity of manners; the comity of States. [1913 Webster] {Comity of nations} (International… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • comity — early 15c., association, from Fr. comité, from L. comitas courtesy, kindness, affability, from comis courteous, friendly, kind, of uncertain origin. Meaning courtesy in English is from 1540s. Phrase comity of nations attested from 1862: The… …   Etymology dictionary

  • comity — ► NOUN (pl. comities) 1) an association of nations for their mutual benefit. 2) (also comity of nations) the mutual recognition by nations of the laws and customs of others. 3) formal polite and considerate behaviour towards others. ORIGIN Latin… …   English terms dictionary

  • comity — [käm′ə tē] n. pl. comities [ME comite, association < L comitas < comis, polite, kind; earlier cosmis, prob. < co (see COM ), with + * smi s < IE base * smei , to SMILE] 1. courteous behavior; politeness; civility 2. COMITY OF NATIONS… …   English World dictionary

  • comity — amity, goodwill, *friendship Analogous words: *association, society: companionship, comradeship (see base words at ASSOCIATE): concord, accord, *harmony …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Comity — In law, comity specifically refers to legal reciprocity the principle that one jurisdiction will extend certain courtesies to other nations (or other jurisdictions within the same nation), particularly by recognizing the validity and effect of… …   Wikipedia

  • comity — /komatiy/ Courtesy; complaisance; respect; a willingness to grant a privilege, not as a matter of right, but out of deference and good will. Recognition that one sovereignty allows within its territory to the legislative, executive, or judicial… …   Black's law dictionary

  • comity — /komatiy/ Courtesy; complaisance; respect; a willingness to grant a privilege, not as a matter of right, but out of deference and good will. Recognition that one sovereignty allows within its territory to the legislative, executive, or judicial… …   Black's law dictionary

  • comity — noun (plural ties) Etymology: Latin comitat , comitas, from comis courteous, probably from Old Latin cosmis, from com + smis (akin to Sanskrit smayate he smiles) more at smile Date: 1543 1. a …   New Collegiate Dictionary