comity of nations

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n comity of nations courteous respect by one nation for the laws and institutions of another
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Comity of nations (comitas gentium) the international courtesy by which effect is given to the laws of one state within the territory of another state
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. comitascomis, courteous.

Usage

In literature:

She had forced her way into the comity of the great nations.
"Ancient Egypt" by George Rawlinson
But it remained for the Modenese poet to bring this Mafelina into the comity of nations.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
The principles of international comity are fast spreading among the nations.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
There is no country, however high it may stand in the comity of nations, which is not sometimes carried away by the blind fever of war.
"The Task of Social Hygiene" by Havelock Ellis
The Tr'en, under other circumstances, would have been a valuable addition to the Comity of Nations.
"Lost in Translation" by Larry M. Harris
He claimed no rights for Britain that he would deny Germany or any other country in the comity of nations.
"The Revellers" by Louis Tracy
Japan's accession to the comity of nations.
"Select List of Books ... Relating to the Far East" by Appleton Prentiss Clark Griffin
But the comity of nations regards a public vessel as representing the sovereignty of the nation whose flag it bears.
"The Oregon Territory" by Travers Twiss
The walls of the ghettos had been cast down, but the Jews could find no entry into the comity of nations.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 4" by Various
Nothing so bold had ever been attempted since Christendom had grown into the comity of nations it now was.
"The Makers of Modern Rome" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
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In news:

In calling for civility, courage, compassion, and character, he spoke to the desire of many for greater national comity and citizen accountability.
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