Definitions for comityˈkɒm ɪ ti
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
com•i•tyˈkɒm ɪ ti(n.)(pl.)-ties.
mutual courtesy; civility.
Also called com′ity of na′tions. courtesy between nations, as in respect shown by one country for the laws and institutions of another.
Origin of comity:
1535–45; < L cōmitās=cōm(is) affable +-itās -ity
a state or atmosphere of harmony or mutual civility and respect
Courtesy and considerate behaviour towards others; social harmony.
Friendly understanding and mutual recognition between two entities, especially nations.
Origin: From comitas, from comis
mildness and suavity of manners; courtesy between equals; friendly civility; as, comity of manners; the comity of States
In law, comity specifically refers to legal reciprocity—the principle that one jurisdiction will extend certain courtesies to other nations, particularly by recognizing the validity and effect of their executive, legislative, and judicial acts. The term refers to the idea that courts should not act in a way that demeans the jurisdiction, laws, or judicial decisions of another jurisdiction. Part of the presumption of comity is that other jurisdictions will reciprocate the courtesy shown to them. Many statutes relating to the enforcement of foreign judgments require that the judgments of a particular jurisdiction will be recognized and enforced by a forum only to the extent that the other jurisdiction would recognize and enforce the judgments rendered by that forum. See reciprocity. In the law of the United States, comity may refer to the Privileges and Immunities Clause in Article Four of the United States Constitution. This clause provides that "The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States." In the context of professional licensure, comity refers to one jurisdiction granting credit for experience earned and exams passed in a different jurisdiction.
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