- unlisted on or not part of an organized securities exchange: over-the-counter stocks; the over-the-counter market. Abbreviation: OTC
- Pharmacology. sold legally without a doctor's prescription: over-the-counter drugs. Abbreviation: OTC
Origin of over-the-counter
First recorded in 1920–25
over the counter
- not transacted through an organized securities exchange; directly to the buyer or from the seller: He sold his stocks over the counter.
- Pharmacology. without a doctor's prescription but within the law.
Origin of over the counter
First recorded in 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for over-the-counter
Refuting critics who say he is anti-contraception, Gardner is calling for over-the-counter sale of birth control pills.Dems Desperately Seeking the Gender Gap
October 28, 2014
It sounds great—four GOP Senate candidates call for over-the-counter birth control access.
After all, health insurance companies rarely cover the cost of over-the-counter medicines.
ACOG is without question in favor of over-the-counter oral contraception.Hobby Lobby Ignores The Fact That The Pill Is More Than A Contraceptive
July 1, 2014
This isn't true for everything, but is often true for dairy, snack foods, over-the-counter medication, and pet food.13 Revelations From Reddit’s ‘Dirty Little Secret’ Thread Exposing Alleged Industry Secrets
August 23, 2013
- (of securities) not listed or quoted on a stock exchange
- (of a security market) dealing in such securities
- (of security transactions) conducted through a broker's office directly between purchaser and seller and not on a stock exchange
- (of medicinal drugs) able to be sold without a prescriptionAbbreviation: OTC Compare ortho- (def. 5)
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- That can be sold legally without a doctor's prescription.
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