Minute

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This article is about the unit of time. For angle and right ascension, see Minute and second of arc. For the written record of a meeting, see Minutes. For other uses of the word, see Minute (disambiguation).

The minute is a unit of time usually equal to ​160 (the first sexagesimal fraction[1]) of an hour, or 60 seconds. In the UTC time standard, a minute on rare occasions has 61 seconds, a consequence of leap seconds (there is a provision to insert a negative leap second, which would result in a 59-second minute, but this has never happened in more than 40 years under this system). Although not an SI unit, the minute is accepted for use with SI units.[2] The SI symbol for minute or minutes is min (without a dot). The prime symbol is also sometimes used informally to denote minutes of time.[citation needed]