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From French comité, from Latin comitas, from comis(courteous)



comity (plural comities)

  1. Courtesy and considerate behaviour towards others; social harmony.
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus, published 2010, page 96:
      There, I saw not only flare-ups of ethnic animosity, but the comity that was also possible among men of different backgrounds.
  2. Friendly understanding and mutual recognition between two entities, especially nations.
    • 2007 January 5, Jonathan Weisman, “Democrats Take Control on Hill”, in The Washington Post[1]:
      Democrats took control of the House and Senate after 12 years of nearly unbroken Republican rule, with resolute calls for bipartisan comity and a pledge to move quickly on an agenda of health care, homeland security, education and energy proposals.