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minimal diversity n: diversity of citizenship of the parties to a lawsuit in which at least one plaintiff is a resident from a state different from at least one defendant compare complete diversity NOTE: Diversity jurisdiction requires complete diversity. Statutory interpleader requires only minimal diversity between the claimants, however.
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.