Comity of nations
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 Law), the courtesy by which nations recognize within their own territory, or in their courts, the peculiar institutions of another nation or the rights and privileges acquired by its citizens in their own land. By some authorities private international law rests on this comity, but the better opinion is that it is part of the common law of the land, and hence is obligatory as law.

Syn: Civility; good breeding; courtesy; good will. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • comity of nations — comity of na·tions / nā shənz/ 1: the courtesy and friendship of nations marked esp. by mutual recognition of executive, legislative, and judicial acts 2: the group of nations practicing international comity Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law.… …   Law dictionary

  • comity of nations — n. 1. the courtesy and respect of peaceful nations for each other s laws and institutions 2. loosely the nations showing such courtesy and respect * * * …   Universalium

  • comity of nations — n. 1. the courtesy and respect of peaceful nations for each other s laws and institutions 2. loosely the nations showing such courtesy and respect …   English World dictionary

  • comity of nations — noun courteous respect by one nation for the laws and institutions of another • Hypernyms: ↑comity * * * or comity of states Etymology: translation of New Latin comitas gentium 1. law …   Useful english dictionary

  • comity of nations — Date: 1862 1. the courtesy and friendship of nations marked especially by mutual recognition of executive, legislative, and judicial acts 2. the group of nations practicing international comity …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • comity of nations — The extent to which the law of one state or nation is allowed to operate within the dominion of another. 16 Am J2d Confl L § 4. See comity …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • COMITY OF NATIONS —    the name given for the effect given in one country to the laws and institutions of another in dealing with a native of it …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • comity of states — see comity of nations …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 — 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 …   Modern English usage

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