comity
co·mi·ty /'kä-mə-tē, 'kō-/ n
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, federalism, full faith and credit

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

comity
I noun accommodation, accord, affability, agreeableness, amenity, amiability, amity, benevolence, camaraderie, civility, compliance, concord, considerateness, consideration, cordiality, courtesy, courtly politeness, deference, disposition to please, fellow feeling, friendliness, general reciprocity, gentility, good-fellowship, good will, graciousness, harmony, mansuetude, mutual consideration, mutual respect, neighborliness, obligingness, politeness, prevenance, reciprocity, respect, respectfulness associated concepts: comity between courts, comity in conflict of laws, comity of nations, comity of states II index compatibility, courtesy

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


comity
n.
(1) Courtesy toward others.
(2) The judicial practice of one court recognizing the decisions of courts from other jurisdictions out of respect.
See also full faith and credit

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


comity
(kom-i-tee) The principle that one jurisdiction will recognize the executive, legislative, and judicial acts of another jurisdiction and will give effect to the other's laws.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


comity
n. The deference and recognition that the courts of one jurisdiction give to the law and the judicial decisions and proceedings of another jurisdiction as a matter of courtesy and respect rather than out of obligation. For example, comity normally prevents a federal court from interfering with a state criminal action. Likewise, American courts usually recognize the judicial decisions (for example, a judgment or a divorce decree) of another country if it is determined that the judicial procedures of that country are substantially fair.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


comity
Courtesy; respect; a disposition to perform some official act out of goodwill and tradition rather than obligation or law. The acceptance or adoption of decisions or laws by a court of another jurisdiction, either foreign or domestic, based on public policy rather than legal mandate.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


comity
Courtesy; respect; a disposition to perform some official act out of goodwill and tradition rather than obligation or law. The acceptance or adoption of decisions or laws by a court of another jurisdiction, either foreign or domestic, based on public policy rather than legal mandate.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

comity
n.
   when one court defers to the jurisdiction of another in a case in which both would have the right to handle the case. Usually this is applied to a federal court allowing a state court to try a criminal case (either exclusively or first) in which both a state and federal crime has apparently been committed. Murder which also violates civil rights, kidnapping across state borders, murder of a federal official, fraud involving violations of both federal and state laws are examples of cases to which comity may apply.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • 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 — 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

  • 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

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