n. pl. com·i·ties
1. An atmosphere of social harmony.
2. See comity of nations.
3. Law The principle by which a court in one jurisdiction defers to a court in another jurisdiction where either would have legal power to decide the case, or gives effect to the laws, executive acts, or legal decisions of another jurisdiction.
[Latin cōmitās, from cōmis, friendly; see smei- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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