The noun comity means a state of civility or courtesy between people, organizations, and nations. It’s a hoped-for mutual respect and friendliness, although too infrequently the case in politics and business.

Comity is one of those rare words that has retained its original meaning through the ages. The Latin adjective cōmis, “courteous, friendly,” developed into the noun cōmitātem, meaning “courtesy or friendliness” and ultimately into English comity in the 16th century. The phrase “comity of nations,” coined in 1862, refers to the mutual respect for each other’s laws and institutions that encourages a friendly back-and-forth between nations.

Definitions of comity
  1. noun

    a state or atmosphere of harmony or mutual civility and respect

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    comity of nations

    courteous respect by one nation for the laws and institutions of another
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    concord, concordance, consonance, harmony

    a harmonious state of things in general and of their properties (as of colors and sounds); congruity of parts with one another and with the whole

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